CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2002-R-04

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

FEBRUARY 25, 2002

5:30 P.M.

 

DISABILITY ACCESS STATEMENT

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 I.         CALL TO ORDER

 

II.         PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

III.        ROLL CALL

 

IV.       MINUTES

Approval of the minutes of January 14, 2002 and January 28, 2002.

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

a.         Recognizing  Gabriel Holguin on winning the  Texas Title Belt 154 Welterweight Champion  at the Team South Texas "Rumble on the Border- Texas Title Belt" match  on February 2, 2002.   Also recognizing the participation of three other Laredoans who represented the City at the same boxing competition-- Victor Montemayor, Sergio Reyes, Jr., and Idelfonso "El Gallo Negro" Martinez.  Recently Cesar Holguin, Gabriel’s brother acted as an ambassador for Laredo when he won the 2001 United States Savate Welterweight Championship.

 

Communiqués

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

           

VII.      PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend FY 2001-2002 budget in the amount of $17,833.00 in additional funds for the Tuberculosis Elimination Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2001, through August 31, 2002. 

 

2.         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 Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Project of the City of Laredo Health Department in the amount of $55,072.00 in additional funds for the period beginning February 1, 2002, through January 31, 2003, amending the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 budget in the same amount.

 

3.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute all documentation from the Texas Department of Health for the Tuberculosis Prevention/Control Federal Project of the City of Laredo Health Department in the amount of $161,793.00 for the period beginning January 1, 2002, through December 31, 2002, and amending the City of Laredo’s FY 2001-2002 budget in the same amount. 

 

4.         Public hearing and consideration of an appeal of an order issued by the Historic District/Landmark Board regarding the designations of five (5) historic schools as locally significant historic landmarks at:

a.      Location:  All of Block 264 W. D. 

Commonly known as 1508 San Eduardo Avenue, Bruni Elementary

b.      Location:  All of Block 698 W.D.

Commonly known as:  1208 Market Street, Heights Elementary

c.      Location:  Blocks 461-520 (20.3288 acres) W.D.

Commonly known as:  1400 Park Street, L.J. Christen Jr. High

d.      Location:  Blocks 461-520  (20.3288 acres) W.D.

Commonly known as:  2002 San Bernardo Avenue, Raymond and Tirza Martin High School

e.      Location:  All of Block 275 E. D. and all of Block 281 E. D.

Commonly known as:  2000 and 2100 Marcella Avenue, Street Joseph’s Academy building Memorial Middle School

                        Petitioner:  Carmen Ramos Trevino, Laredo ISD

                        Locally significant historic landmarks.

 

5.         Public hearing and consideration to appeal an order issued by the Historic District/Landmark Board regarding the designations of Farragut Department Store Building as locally significant Historic Landmark at:

a.  Location:  All of Block 264 W.D.

Commonly known as:  1120 Farragut, Farragut Department Store Building

            Petitioner:  Flint Bourgeois

            Locally significant historic landmark.

 

6.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance establishing a fee structure for Tecolote Baseball Game ticket prices at Veteran’s Field, including special rates for senior citizens age 55 and over as well as children 12 and under. 

 

7.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 4.06 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached exhibit “A”, located south of Mines Road and approximately 5 miles west of La Bota Ranch Subdivision, from AG (Agricultural District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

                       

8.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the 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 (Single Family Residential District) to R-O (Residential-Office District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change.

 

9.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the issuance of  a Special Use Permit to Harry E. Sames, III for an above ground fuel storage tank on Lot 1, Block 1, TXDOT-IH-35 Subdivision, Phase I, located at 6105 San Dario Avenue; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed Special Use Permit.

 

10.       Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 9, Block 1108, Western Division, located at 117 Houston Street from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

11.       Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 1, Independence Hill Subdivision, Phase I, located southwest of Bob Bullock Loop and west of North Merida Drive from AG (Agricultural District) and B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed B-4 designation and approval of a B-3 zone change.

 

12.       Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 0.0145 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached exhibit “A”, located east of the Bob Bullock Loop and north of Del Mar Blvd. from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

13.       Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 General Fund Budget by transferring $22,000.00 from the General Fund Reserve Appropriation.  The amendment will withdraw $22,000.00 and transfer the monies to the Veterans Field Fund amending the Professional Services-Tecolotes Contract line item by $22,000.  This transfer is for the purpose of fulfilling contractual obligations with Grupo Vision Empresarial d.b.a. Tecolotes de Los Dos Laredos. 

 

VIII.   GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

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

1.      Discussion with possible action to provide a means of vehicular access between San Jose, Heritage, and Woodland Subdivisions in order for the neighborhoods to access the Henry Cuellar Elementary School without driving onto US 59.

 

2.      Status report regarding Eastwoods.

           

B.        Request by Council Member John C. Galo

1.      Status report regarding code violations at 519 Guadalupe, with possible action.

 

2.      Discussion regarding procedures for enforcing violations for failure to obtain an alarm permit, with possible action.

 

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

1.       Discussion with possible action regarding the status of speed hump requests in District V, particularly the request made on September 20, 1999 to include Allende Street to next speed hump program.

 

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

1.          Discussion with possible action requesting a legal opinion regarding the County’s authority to construct a bridge within the city limits of the city of Laredo.

 

E.        Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

1.      Discussion with possible action regarding the status of the water park.

2.      Discussion with possible action regarding the improvements at Veteran’s Field.

         

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

15.       Amending Ordinance 2001-O-259 by adding voting precincts 227 and 250 to District II; defining and correcting boundary lines for precincts 227, 250, and 231; and providing for publication and effective date.

 

16.       Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease renewal with Pinkerton for two office spaces totaling 500 square feet and located at International Bridges I & II.

1.      Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on November 1, 2001 and ending on October 31, 2002.

2.      Monthly rent will be $2,000.00 for both properties.

3.      City of Laredo may terminate this lease with ninety (90) days written notice.

 

X.        FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES 

           

17.  2002-O-032       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); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2002-O-033        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. 

 

2002-O-034        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. 

 

       2002-O-035        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.

 

      2002-O-036         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.

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

           

18.  2002-R-014        Accepting the assignment of 50.4 acre feet of municipal water rights from the balance of 387.4855 acre feet deeded to the City of Laredo by Vaquillas Ranch Company, Ltd. by applying 20.9 acre feet of municipal water rights for water availability charges and 11.8 acre feet for annexation charges in connection with the final plat of Concord Hills Community Phase VII; and 11.7 acre feet of municipal water rights for water availability charges and 6 acre feet for annexation charges in connection with the final plat of Concord Hills Community Phase VIII.

 

19.  2002-R-015        Authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute an Interlocal Cooperation Agreement between the City of Laredo and the County of Webb for the provision of Fire Protection, Emergency, Medical and Rescue Services for all unincorporated areas of the County of Webb, Texas lying outside the incorporated limits of the City of Laredo.

 

20.  2002-R-016        Declaring the public necessity to acquire the “Surface Only” of one parcel of land for the San Francisco Javier River Road Extension Project.  Said parcel being Block 679, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being delineated on attached copy of City plat; and authorizing staff to negotiate with the owner for the acquisition of said parcel by purchase at a market value to be established by a State Certified Real Estate Appraiser, and further authorizing the City Attorney to initiate condemnation proceedings to acquire said parcel if staff is unable to acquire through negotiations due to inability to agree to a purchase price, conflict of ownership, owner refusal to sell, and/or inability to locate the listed owner.

           

21.  2002-R-017        Declaring the public necessity to acquire the “Surface Only” of one parcel of land for the El Cuatro Neighborhood City Park Project.  Said parcel consisting of Lots 4, 7, and the West 43.56 feet of Lots 5 and 6, Block 158, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being delineated on attached copy of City Plat; and authorizing staff to negotiate with the owner for the acquisition of said parcel by purchase at a market value to be established by a State Certified Real Estate Appraiser, and further authorizing the City Attorney to initiate condemnation proceedings to acquire said parcel if staff is unable to acquire through negotiations due to inability to agree to a purchase price, conflict of ownership, owner refusal to sell, and/or inability to locate the listed owner.

 

22.  2002-R-019        A resolution authorizing an appeal of Public Utility Commission (PUC) docket number 24195 requiring Central Power and Light (CPL) to reimburse reasonable and necessary expenses associated with that appeal, and authorizing the Steering Committee of Cities served by CPL to control the course and conduct of the appeal.

XII.      MOTIONS

 

23.       Consideration to fund an additional year of the contract with the Southwest Texas Rain Enhancement Association for $87,901.00 to cover the cost of the 2002 program.  The program, which will run through December 2002, provides coverage of the entire surface of Webb County.  The City will guarantee the full payment of the program and will collect donations and other commitments from the county government and residents to defray the cost.  Funds are available in the Water Availability Fund.

 

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

           

a.      A refund in the amount of $521.43 payable to Santiago & Jessica L. Alvarez due to payment in error by mortgage company.

b.      A refund in the amount of $865.75 payable to Litton Loan Servicing, LP due to payment in error.

c.      A refund in the amount of $ 1,994.54 payable to Ramiro Ramirez, III due to overpayment by the taxpayer.

d.      A refund in the amount of $ 682.06 payable to Edwin V. & Shirley Smith due to a change in value certified by the Appraisal Review Board.

e.      A refund in the amount of $ 573.13 payable to the Border Abstract Title Group, Inc. due to double payment.  Wells Fargo and Border Abstract both paid.

f.        A refund in the amount of $ 1,019.20 payable to Samuel Orozco Plumbing and Sons due to a change of value certified by the Appraisal Review Board.

g.      A refund in the amount of $ 1,046.95 payable to Jose Antonio Hernandez & Lorna Aley due to a double payment by mortgage company and Neel Abstract Company.

h.      A refund in the amount of $3,373.53 payable to Merlin Development Ltd. Co. due to a double payment.  Border Title and Merlin Development paid.

 

25.       Approving monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amount to be adjusted for the month of January 2002, represents an increase in levy of $55,591.60.  These adjustments are determined by the Webb County Appraisal District and court orders.

 

26.       Consideration for approval of acceptance of the City-Wide Sidewalks Project No. 13 (16 Blocks), Project No. 16 (12 Blocks) and Project No. 17b (8 Blocks) plus additive alternates 1 and 2 (2 Blocks in Project 16) for a net total of 38 Blocks and release of retainage in the amount of $33,192.48 to Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $331,924.75.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund.

 

27.       Consideration to authorize the purchase of computers through the State of Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) cooperative purchase contracts for all City departments.  The City is able to utilize the Department of Information Resources purchasing power in acquiring information systems such as personal computers.  Funding is available in the respective department’s capital outlay budget.

 

28.       Consideration to award an annual supply contract number FY 02-045 to the LOW BIDDERS, Petroleum Trader Corp., Ft. Wayne, Indiana, in the estimated amount of $650,000.00 for the purchase of transport loads of unleaded fuel; and Arguindegui Oil Co., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $450,000.00, for the purchase of transport and tank wagon loads of diesel fuel, for the City of Laredo's fleet.  The transport load contract pricing per gallon for unleaded fuel is approximately $0.0048/gallon less than the previous contract price.    Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Fund. 

 

29.       Consideration to authorize the purchase of two service trucks through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (Buy Board) contract from Lawrence Marshall Dealerships, Austin, Texas, in the total amount of $65,880.00.  These trucks will be assigned to the Utilities Department Wastewater Collection Division.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department budget.

 

30.       Motion to consider amendment of the third party funding contract for Laredo Webb County Food Bank in order to amend Section 4 that $2,500.00 of the $30,000.00 will be allocated to Veterans; and to add Section 4.1 to list the documents required of applicants who are Veterans.

 

31.       Consideration to award contract FY 01-019 to the Low Bidder, Quest Enterprises, Inc., Walsenburg, Colorado in the amount of $50,446.00 for the purchase of protective clothing (bunker gear) for the Fire Department.  The clothing includes fifty protective suits for conventional fire fighting situations.  The proposed gear meets all the standards of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).  Funding is available in the 2002-A PPFCO Contractual Obligation Bond.

 

32.       Consideration of approval of Change Order Number 4 an increase of $175,000.00 to the contract with Marshall Company, Corpus Christi, Texas, for the Fire Fighting/Law Enforcement facility for additional improvements to the air rescue fire fighting system, to add a motor operated valve and fencing for the water meter bypass, drain for the hose drying tower, and other additional miscellaneous items and add an additional 65 working days to the construction contract time.  Funding is available in the Fire Training Facility Budget and Utilities Department Budget.

 

33.       Consider approval of a motion authorizing the City Manager to negotiate a Water Supply Agreement with the Laredo City Water Local Government Corporation.

 

34.       Consideration for approval of change order no. 4 an increase of $74,144.98 to the Jacaman Road Extension construction contract with Brothers Paving, Inc. Laredo, Texas, for upgrading 8” to 12” waterline and for additional CP&L conduits for the additional street lights, and to cover the cost of the Contractor’s bond for the Jacaman Road from the Airport property line east to Bob Bullock Loop, and for Sinatra Parkway from the current terminus of Sinatra Parkway north to the intersection of Jacaman Road in conjunction with the Laredo Entertainment Center (LEC) Project.  Funding is available in the Jacaman Road Extension.

 

XIII.     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.

 

35.       Request for executive session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072 in regards to deliberating the purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property for a proposed City Landfill site, 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.

 

36.       Request for 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 vicinity of the Riverfront Development Project, 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.

 

XIV.     RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO CITY WATER LOCAL

GOVERNMENT CORPORATION

 

37.       Consider approval of a motion to authorize the President of the Laredo City Water Local Government to negotiate a Water Supply Agreement with the City of Laredo.

     

38.       Consider approval of a motion authorizing the President of Laredo City Water Local Government Corporation to negotiate a Water Supply Agreement with MWH Americas, Inc., for the Secondary Water Supply Project.

 

39.       2002-RW-001           Authorizing the Board of Directors of the Laredo City

Water Local Government Corporation to appoint new corporate officers including President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

 

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 20, 2002 at 6:00 p.m.

 

 

                                   

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary[fp1] 


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