CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2002-R-03

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

FEBRUARY 11, 2002

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.

 

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 I.         CALL TO ORDER

 

II.         PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

III.        ROLL CALL

 

IV.       MINUTES

Approval of the minutes of December 3, 2001 and December 17, 2001.

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

A.     Presentation by Mr. Ito Deutch, President of the Washington’s Birthday Celebration Association.

 

Recognitions

A.     Recognizing the generous contribution of Cincinnati Red Freddie Benavides, Jr. and high school baseball coaches:  Tim Bertholf – Alexander High School, Javier Sanchez – Cigarroa High School, Beto Aguilar-Cigarroa High School, Jorge Tijerina-Martin High School, Stan Kowalski-Martin High School, Pete Solis-Martin High School, Gilbert Gomez-Nixon High School, Arturo Contreras-United High School, Jesse Banda-United South High School, Tano Tijerina and Osbaldo Guzman for facilitating the inaugural little league baseball clinic at Veteran’s Field on February 2, 2002.  Nearly 100 boys and girls spent an afternoon absorbing a wealth of knowledge about the intricacies of America’s pastime.

 

B.     Recognizing Mr. Daniel Mendoza for his 41 years of service to the U.S. Post Office.

 

Communiqués

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

A.      Appointment by Council Member John C. Galo of Gloria Canseco to the Third Party Funding Committee.

 

B.     Appointment by Council Member Johnny Amaya of Juan Calderon to the Cemetery Advisory Committee to replace Francisco Llanes.

 

VII.      PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Section 24.63.2, Permitted Land Uses of the Laredo Land Development Code to designate an auto auction as an allowable land use in a B-4 (Highway Commercial District). 

 

2.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance accepting a grant awarded by the Texas Department of Public Safety, Governor's Division of Emergency Management for the amount of $19,200.00 and amending the City of Laredo’s FY 2001-2002 Annual Budget for the NPDES Fund by appropriating the said grant revenue to the appropriate expenditure accounts.  The grant monies will be used for educational materials in Spanish on hazardous materials. 

 

VIII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

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

1.      Staff update on the environmental status of the Rio Grande, including pollution levels and other contaminants affecting the river, with discussion and possible action.

2.      Staff update on efforts to curb illegal dumping into the Rio Grande, including number of citations issued and the enforcement of such ordinances prohibiting illegal dumping, with discussion and possible action.

3.      Staff update on the progress of the proposed nature trail the City is developing along the Rio Grande River and Zacate Creek, with discussion and possible action.

4.      Staff update on the City’s progress regarding the search for a secondary water source, with discussion and possible action.

B.        Request by Council Member John C. Galo       

1.      Discussion of future street policies dealing with proposed zone changes in areas that are deed restricted, with possible action.

 

C.        Request by Council Member Joe A. Guerra

1.      Discussion with possible action regarding the amendment of Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 252, Block 13, Del Mar Hills Subdivision, Section 1, Area “A”, located at #2 Lindenwood Drive, from R-1 to R-O.

 

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

1.      Request that staff proceed with ordering skate park modules for the Lafayette Street Park, with possible action.

 

E.        Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

1.      Discussion with possible action regarding the agreement between the City and Tex-Mex on the closing of Davis, Juarez and San Jorge Streets.

2.      Discussion with possible action regarding the synchronizing of traffic lights downtown due the closing of Bridge I.

3.      Discussion with possible action regarding recreation on the west section of District VIII.

4.      Status report on the parking lot on Ventura by River Drive Mall.

         

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

4.         Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Assignment of the Lease Agreement entered into between the City of Laredo, as Lessor, and Dr. E. H. Borchers, Jr., as Lessee, by Ordinance No. 98-O-310 dated December 7, 1998.  The Lease Assignment is to Johnny C. Cavazos, D.D.S., Assignee, for approximately 4,272 square feet constituting Building No. 910 located at 4403 North Daugherty Avenue, at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term may be extended until October 31, 2010.  Monthly rent shall be $1,676.67 until October 31, 2002 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for effective date. 

 

5.         Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Scheduled Airline Operating Agreement and Terminal Building Lease with Compañia Mexicana de Aviacion, S.A. de C.V. for exclusive and non-exclusive joint use space located at the Laredo International Airport passenger terminal for the purpose of conducting commercial air transportation services. The term of the agreement is for one (1) year effective March 1, 2002 with two (2) consecutive one- (1) year renewal options ending on February 28, 2005. The monthly rent including landing fees is waived for the first twelve (12) months commencing on the date airline initiates commercial air transportation services at the Laredo International Airport. The proposed route is Mexico City/ Laredo, Texas /Mexico City; providing for an effective date.

 

6.         Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Scheduled Airline Operating Agreement and Terminal Building Lease with Lineas Aereas Azteca  S. A. de C. V. for exclusive and non-exclusive joint use space located at the Laredo International Airport passenger terminal for the purpose of conducting commercial air transportation services. The term of the agreement is for one (1) year and seventeen (17) days effective February 11, 2002 with two (2) consecutive one (1) year renewal options ending on February 28, 2005. The monthly rent including landing fees is waived for the first twelve (12) months commencing on the date airline initiates commercial air transportation services at the Laredo International Airport. The proposed route is Mexico City/ Laredo, Texas /Mexico City; providing for an effective date. Ratifying Motion approved by City Council on February 11, 2002 regarding a 30-day Scheduled Airline Operating Agreement and Terminal Building Lease with Lineas Aereas Azteca, S.A. de C.V.

 

X.        FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES 

 

7.       2002-O-025     Amending section 24.80 of the Laredo Land Development Code by revising citations to the Texas Administrative Code in Section 42.80.2 (D), creating Section 24.80.3 requiring improvements and a plat to be filed for the subdivision of a parcel of land into two or more lots five acres or less which is intended for residential purposes within the corporate limits of the City of Laredo, creating Section 24.80.4 (D) requiring all water supply systems to be consistent with the standards developed by the TNRCC and as set out in 30 TAC Chapter 290, creating Section 24.80.4 (E)(2)(i) prohibiting pit privies, portable toilets, and on-site sewage facilities that do not meet the wastewater treatment standards developed by TNRCC and set out in 30 TAC Chapter 285; and providing for publication and effective date. 

           

2002-O-026   Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a gift shop on Lot 4, Block 1653, Eastern Division, located at 2719 Clark Blvd.; providing for publication and effective date.  (As amended)

 

2002-O-027   Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 5, Block 1108, Western Division, located at 102 Matamoros St., from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2002-O-028   Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 49.95 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A”, located west of Bob Bullock Loop and south of the proposed Jacaman Road extension, from AG (Agricultural District), R-1 (Single Family Residential District), and M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2002-O-029   Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 6.19 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A”, located north of Kimberly Drive and east of Chris Lane, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2002-O-030   Authorizing the City Manager to amend the FY 2001-2002 annual budget in the amount of $13,147.00 in additional funds 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. 

 

2002-O-031   Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2001-2002 General Fund annual budget and Contractual Obligations Fund annual budget by transferring $2,202,940.00 from the General Fund balance and appropriating it in the Contractual Obligations Fund.  The amendment will draw down $2,202,940.00 from the General Fund opening balance and appropriate a transfer out of $2,202,940.00 to the Contractual Obligations Fund.  Amending the Contractual Obligations Fund to appropriate $2,202,940.00 for the Personal Property Finance Contractual Obligation for acquisition of machinery and equipment, automotive equipment and building improvements. 

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

8.  2002-R-011          Declaring a public necessity to utilize the area under IH 35 between Park Street and Sanchez Street as a parking staging area on February 14, 2002 and February 23, 2002 for the Annual Youth Parade and Washington’s Birthday Parade, respectively and authorizing City Manager to enter into an agreement with Texas Department of Transportation for the use of said property.   

 

9.  2002-R-013          Resolving to officially support all State and Federal Legislative efforts to stop and prevent the illegal practice committed by unscrupulous service providers of slamming and cramming unsuspecting telephone customers.

 

XII.      MOTIONS

 

            10.       Refund of property tax to the following taxpayers and companies:

a.      A refund in the amount of $7,644.40 payable to Countrywide Home Loans due to a double payment on various accounts; however, these accounts had already been paid. 

b.      A refund in the amount of $966.65 payable to International Bank of Commerce due to a double payment.  Both the bank and Border Abstract Title paid.  Account # 970-90001-100.

c.      A refund in the amount of $544.20 payable to International Bank of Commerce due to a double payment.  Both the bank and Border Abstract Title paid.  Account # 936-40004-070.

d.      A refund in the amount of $2,119.61 payable to the International Bank of Commerce due to a double payment.  Both the bank and Border Abstract Title paid.  Account # 955-10010-280.

e.      A refund in the amount of $1,167.76 payable to the International Bank of Commerce due to a double payment.  Both the bank and Border Abstract Title paid.  Account #985-20005-080.

f.        A refund in the amount of $651.40 payable to the Laredo National Bank due to a double payment by the taxpayer and the bank.  Account #985-10009-180.

g.      A refund in the amount of $783.67 payable to the Laredo National Bank due to a double payment by the taxpayer and the bank.  Account #970-20003-040.

h.      A refund in the amount of $635.43 payable to the Laredo National Bank due to a double payment by the taxpayer and the bank.  Account #980-70001-260.

i.        A refund in the amount of $680.91 payable to the Laredo National Bank due to a double payment by the taxpayer and the bank.  Account #946-42000-060.

j.         A refund in the amount of $1,578.21 payable to the Laredo National Bank due to a double payment by the taxpayer and the bank.  Account #438-00732-060.

k.      A refund in the amount of $1,698.64 payable to the Laredo National Bank due to a double payment by the taxpayer and the bank.  Account #438-00732-050.

l.         A refund in the amount of $661.23 payable to Ileana Ramirez due to a Webb County Appraisal District Change of Value Certified by Appraisal Review Board.  Did not exist on 1st of the year.  Supplement #5 Cause #2001-1331-1329.

m.    A refund in the amount of $549.21 payable to E I Du Pont De Nemours and Co. due to an Appraisal District Change of value, certified by the Appraisal Review Board.  Supplement, 6, Cause #2001-2175. 

 

11.       Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract with Laredo Independent School District in an amount not to exceed $212,842 in collaboration with the “Mi Futuro” Abstinence Education Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2001, through August 31, 2002.

 

12.       Consideration to award a twelve month janitorial supply contract (FY 02-042) to the Low Bidders, Gulf Coast Paper, Corpus Christi, Texas, Pollock Paper Distributors, San Antonio, Texas, Star Janitorial Supplies, Laredo, Texas, and State Industrial Products, Cleveland, Ohio, for providing general janitorial supplies to all city departments.  All items will be purchased on an as needed basis.  This contract establishes the fixed base price for janitorial supplies most commonly utilized by city departments.  These vendors offered contract pricing from their general catalogues. 

 

13.       Consideration for approval of change order no. 2 a decrease of $6,435.40 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the Bartlett Avenue extension (Hillside Road to Gale Street), and approval of final payment in the amount of $34,663.61 to Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $678,030.40.  Funding is available in the 2000A CO Issue Bartlett/Hillside to Gale.  

 

14.       Consideration to award contract number FY 02-060 to the Low Bidder, Lawrence Marshall Chevrolet, Austin, Texas, in the amount of $57,038.00 for the purchase of two utility vehicles equipped with canine cages for the Police Department.  Delivery is expected within one hundred and twenty days.  Funding is available in the Police Trust Fund. 

 

15.       Consideration to award contract number FY 02-058 to the Low Bidder, Holt Co. of Texas, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $115,408.00 for the purchase of one, 3 cubic yard front wheel loader for landfill operation.  This equipment will be purchased using a total cost bid evaluation process.  The bid pricing includes provisions for a five-year maintenance contract and a guaranteed re-purchase price.  Delivery of this equipment is expected within sixty days.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund. 

 

16.       Consideration to award contract number FY 02-062 to the Sole Bidder, A to Z Tire, Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $26,000.00 for the purchase of tractor and heavy equipment tires for the City’s fleet.  The term of this contract will be for a six-month period.  All tires are purchased on an as needed basis.  The contract pricing is approximately 3% higher than the previous contract award.  Funding is available in the Fleet Fund.

 

17.       Consideration to award an annual contract (FY 02-039) to the Low Bidder Meeting Specifications, Laurel Battery, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $45,000.00 for the purchase of automotive batteries for the City's fleet. This contract will be for a period of one year.  Since no battery inventory is maintained at the maintenance facility, all batteries are purchased on an as needed basis.   The contract pricing is approximately 9% higher than the previous contract award.  The City did receive lower bids from other vendors; however, the batteries proposed by these vendors did not meet the minimum acceptable cranking amps or the reserve capacity rating required by the City.

           

18.       Consideration to award contract number FY 02-059 to the Low Bidder, Holt Co. of Texas, Laredo, Texas in the amount of $933,860.00 for the purchase of two, 23 cubic yard landfill elevating scrapers for the landfill operation.  This equipment will be purchased using a total cost bid evaluation process.  The bid pricing includes provisions for a five-year maintenance contract and a guaranteed re-purchase price.  Delivery of this equipment is expected within sixty days.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund. 

 

19.       Consideration to award contract number FY 02-056 to Severn Trent Services, Corpus Christi, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $80,000.00 for providing laboratory analytical services for the Utilities Department.  The term of this contract will be for three years.  The testing laboratory will be responsible for sample handling, analysis, and reporting for a wide range of environmental parameters in soil, water, and sludge samples for both water and wastewater applications.   These testing services are needed to comply with all TNRCC and EPA requirements.  The contract vendor was selected based on the testing fees, years of experience, and their ability to meet the City's requirements. Funding is available in the Utilities Department budget.  

 

20.       Authorizing the City Manager to enter into contract and award 2001 Emergency Shelter Grant Funds (ESG) made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the amount of $103,400.00 to the Catholic Social Services of Laredo, Inc. for shelter operations of the Frontera Halfway House.

 

21.       Authorizing the City Manager to enter into contract and award 2001 Emergency Shelter Grant Funds (ESG) made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the amount of $15,200.00 to Webb County to be utilized by the Community Action Agency to provide homeless prevention assistance. 

 

22.       Authorizing the City Manager to enter into contract and award 2001 Emergency Shelter Grant Funds (ESG) made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the amount of $15,200.00 to be utilized by the Salvation Army to provide homeless prevention assistance.

 

23.       Authorizing the City Manager to enter into contract and award 2001 Emergency Shelter Funds (ESG) made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the amount of $15,200.00 to be utilized by Bethany House to provide homeless prevention assistance. 

 

24.       Award of a design build contract to R. J. Cantu Designer-Builder, Inc., in the amount not to exceed $287,435.00 and authorizing the City Manager to execute the necessary contract documents for the remodeling of the building at 619 Reynolds in order to establish the centralized office for the Environmental Services Department.

 

25.       Approval of selection of consultant and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract with Carter & Burgess, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas to provide consulting services for the Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) stormwater permit application project.  The purpose of the project is to develop a comprehensive TPDES stormwater permit application for the City of Laredo to comply with the State and Federal stormwater regulations.  The scope of service includes but is not limited to the following elements:

1.      Review and analyze the stormwater data for the last five years.

2.      Review the legal authority.  Produce the outfall information in GIS format.

3.      Review revenues and expenditures for proposed permit compliance.

4.      Prepare, submit and negotiate the permit with TNRCC to represent the City’s best interest to protect the waters of the United States.

5.      Agency Coordination (TNRCC/EPA/IBWC/USACE, etc.) for necessary permits and approval. 

 

26.       Authorizing  the  City  Manager to  execute a  Scheduled Airline Operating

Agreement and Terminal Building Lease with Lineas Aereas Azteca S. A. de C. V. for exclusive and non-exclusive joint use space located at the Laredo International Airport passenger terminal for the purpose of conducting commercial air transportation services. The term of the agreement is for thirty (30) days effective February 11, 2002 and ending on March 13, 2002. The monthly rent including landing fees is waived for the thirty- (30) day term. The proposed route is Mexico City/ Laredo, Texas /Mexico City.

 

27.       Consideration to authorize the City manager to sell or donate surplus equipment to Rio Bravo, Encinal, and our Sister Cities of Lampazos, Nuevo Leon, Cienega de Flores, Nuevo Leon and donate fire equipment to San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato.  The total selling price for the vehicles is $11,362.50.

 

28.       Consideration for approval of amendment no. 1 an increase of $44,310.00 to the professional services contract with Turner Hickey & Associates, Laredo, Texas, for the New Laredo Municipal Court Building to compensate architect/engineer for the additional work for the re-packaging and re-bid of the project.  Total fee to date is $161,310.00.  Funding is available in the 2000A C.O. Issue Municipal Court.

 

29.       Consideration for approval to award a professional services contract to Arcadis, Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $28,000.00 for design and preparation of plans and specifications for the Lafayette Street Park.  Funding is available in the Community Development Block Grant.

           

XIII.     STAFF REPORTS

 

30.       Staff report regarding response by Laredo Metro, Inc. to the City Manager’s letter dated November 20, 2001 giving LMI notice of possible termination of contract, and discussion with possible action to terminate the City’s contract with Laredo Metro, Inc., and to prepare requests for proposals for management of the City’s Transit System and assets.

 

XIV.     EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

The City Council hereby reserves the right to go into executive session at any time during this public meeting, when it deems it necessary to consult privately with its attorney about any item upon this agenda, pursuant to the provisions of Section 551.071(2) of the Texas Government Code.

 

XV.      ADJOURNMENT

 

This notice was posted at the Municipal Government Offices, 1110 Houston Street, Laredo, Texas, at a place convenient and readily accessible to the public at all times. Said notice was posted on Wednesday, February 6, 2002 at 6:00 p.m.

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

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