CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2002-R-09

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

MAY 8, 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.

 

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 February 19, 2002, March 25, 2002 and April 22, 2002.

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

 

Communiqués

           

a.      Presentation by Joe Garcia, President of the Streets of Laredo, regarding Jamboozie Festival.

 


 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

a.      Appointment by Council Member John C. Galo of Jose Diaz de Leon to the Vehicles for Hire Ad Hoc Committee.

 

VII.      PUBLIC HEARINGS

           

1.         Public hearing regarding the City Review Committee’s recommendation on the proposal for privatization of the City of Laredo’s water and wastewater operations.

 

2.         Public hearing granting Reliant Energy Entex, a division of Reliant Energy Resources Corp., and its successors, the right, privilege and franchise to construct, lay, maintain and operate pipelines and gas mains in, under, over, across and along, and to use present and future streets, alleys, public thoroughfares and grounds of the City of Laredo, for the purpose of transporting, distributing and selling gas (natural, artificial or mixed) for all purposes for which gas is or may be used to the municipality and inhabitants of said City of Laredo, Texas, and to any other person or persons, for a term of twenty years; providing for the manner of acceptance of this franchise by Entex; providing for payment by Entex to City for the rights and privileges granted by this franchise; and making miscellaneous provisions in connection therewith.

 

3.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending and revising the 2000 International Fire Code by adding Section 105, and amending Sections 3402, 3406, and Appendix H to provide for Regulation of Mobile Fueling via Amendment of Section 3406 of Chapter 34, “Flammable and Combustible Liquids” of the Code of the City of Laredo; providing for the issuance of permits, that this ordinance be cumulative, severability, a saving clause, publication, and effective date.

 

4.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 annual budget in the amount of $65,000.00 to continue the renovations and modifications to building number 60 (16,000 sq. ft.) located at the 4800 block of Maher Avenue.  The Laredo Police Department leases this building from the Laredo International Airport.   Modifications are needed to expand the fiber optic cabling, re-wire cat 5 voice/data line for the entire building, secure property/evidence warehouse, and replace the roof.  Funding for the project is available through the Laredo Police Department Trust Fund Opening Balance.       

    

5.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo’s 2001-2002 annual budget by increasing estimated revenues and appropriations in the Ryan Street Railroad Bridge Conversion and Zacate Creek Pedestrian and Bicycle Facility Project accounts by $571,200.00 and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget; providing for publication and effective date.

 

6.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Ordinance 2001-O-219 and authorizing the standardization in the manner by which bridge toll fares are tabulated for all southbound vehicular traffic.  As further described in Exhibit “A” and hereby repealing all conflicting sections in all Ordinances currently in effect. 

 

7.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the FY 2001-2002 annual budget in the amount of $18,020.00 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.  

 

8.         Public hearing and consideration of an appeal of Order #391 issued on April 24, 2002, by the Historic District Landmark Board regarding the denial for total demolition of the locally significant historic landmark Bruni Elementary School building.  In addition, the Landmark Board requested the submittal of an estimate/study for the preservation of the complete south façade of the 1927 landmark Bruni. 

Location:  All Block 264 WD

Commonly known as:  1508 San Eduardo Ave., Bruni Elem. School

Petitioner:  Carmen Ramos-Trevino and Dr. Paul Cruz, Laredo ISD

 

9.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance providing community residents an opportunity to comment on their housing and community needs and projects that they wish to see funded through the 28th Action Year Community Development Block Grant, the 2002 HOME Investment Partnerships Grant, and the 2002 Emergency Shelter Grant in support of the preparation and submission of the 2002 Consolidated Plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Also for discussion and comment is the Fiscal Year 2000-2001 Consolidated End of the Year Performance Report regarding the City’s administration of HUD Programs.

 

10.       Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 Annual Budget to appropriate revenues and expenditures upon the acceptance of a donation of $2,000.00 from L & F Distributors/Budweiser, $3,000.00 from Clark Hardware, Inc., and $1,000.00 from Conoco Pump-N-Shop for a $4,200.00 sponsorship of the professional mascot d/b/a “Reggy” and a $6,000.00, sponsorship of the professional mascot d/b/a the “Famous Chicken” and the purchase of miniature baseball bats with the Tecos logo for a total amount of $1,500.00, respectively.  Funding is available in the Veteran’s Field Fund.

 

11.       Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo’s FY 2001-2002 Annual Budget in the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation Fund by appropriating revenues and expenditures of $36,227.00 from Claim #0200080288 for fire damages at 569 A-Maple Court on January 13, 2002, and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

 

12.       Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo’s FY 2001-2002 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) positions by amending the budget to create .19 FTE for an additional Associate Municipal Court Judge position.  Funding for this position is available in the 2001-2002 Municipal Court salary line item.

 

VIII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

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

1.      Status report on the secondary source of water contract with Montgomery Watson/Harza, with possible action.

2.      Discussion with possible action regarding the residents who sold avigational easements to the City of Laredo Noise Abatement  Project and now wish to sell their homestead.

3.      Discussion with possible action on the quality of life at Cheyenne Subdivision.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Alfredo Agredano)

4.      Status report on the intersection of Saunders and Milmo, with possible action.    

 

B.        Request by Council Member John C. Galo

1.      Asking City Council to support a resolution stating the upgrade of Loop 20 and Cuatro Vientos Road to a freeway section.

2.      Discussion with possible action allowing people to apply for a Conditional Use Permit in lieu of a zone change.        

 

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

1.      Discussion with possible action regarding down payment       assistance. (Co-sponsored by Council Member John C. Galo and Council Member Alfredo Agredano)

 

D.        Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

1.      Status report on the improvements of Veteran’s Field, Los Dos Laredos Park, Scott Street Park and El Cuatro Park.

2.      Discussion and possible action expanding the parking meter district to include Scott and San Agustin to Juarez.

3.      Discussion and possible action on installing parking meters on the 800 and 900 blocks of San Agustin, 1100 block of Flores, 1100 block of Convent, 1100 and 1200 blocks of Washington.

         

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

14.       Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Aero JBR Laredo, Inc., for approximately 996 square feet constituting Building No. 193 located at 5301 Maher Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on March 1, 2002 and ending on February 28, 2003 and may be extended for two (2) terms of one (1) year each ending on February 29, 2004 and February 28, 2005.  Monthly rent shall be $800.00 and will be adjusted annually during the primary and extension terms of this lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for effective date.

 

15.       Approving and authorizing the City Manager to execute a utility easement to the Texas Department of Transportation for the purpose of installing fiber optic cable to integrate the City of Laredo Traffic Management Center (TMC) to the TXDOT’s Traffic Management Center.  Said proposed utility easement is located at the Laredo International Airport on land known as Lots 1, 2, 3, and west portion of Lot 4 being Block No. 1988, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

16.       Approving a contract with the Federal Aviation Administration on behalf of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and authorizing the City Manager to execute said contract. The purpose of this contract is to reimburse the City of Laredo for its costs in providing a uniformed sworn and certified law enforcement officer at the passenger security screening checkpoint at the Laredo International Airport until such time as the TSA assumes responsibility for such functions. The total estimated cost of this agreement shall not exceed $200,351.40. The effective date and term of this agreement is from May 10, 2002 and shall continue in effect until December 1, 2003 or until earlier terminated by the parties.  The TSA may choose to extend the term of this agreement, at its sole discretion, for up to an additional 90 days beyond the above stated completion date; providing for an effective date.

17.       Authorizing the City Manager to accept Grant Offer No. 3-38-0136-33-02 in the amount of $41,626.00 from the Department of Defense Fiscal Year 2001-2002 supplemental appropriation through the Federal Aviation Administration and authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo Airport Fund FY 2002 Budget to appropriate the grant revenue and expenditures.  The Grant reimburses the Airport Fund for Increased Law Enforcement Officer Personnel / Overtime and Outside Services, Contractor Support expenses incurred as a result of the events of September 11, 2001.  The grant does not require a local match; providing for an effective date.

 

18.       Closing the intersection at Loring Avenue and Aldama Street to vehicular traffic traveling in a northerly and southerly direction by barricading at the north and south right-of-way lines of the Texas Mexican Railway Company tracks, said intersection is situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb and providing for an effective date.

 

19.       Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with the Boys and Girls Club of Laredo, Inc. at the unimproved real property located a the San Isidro Devine Mercy Church Subdivision, Laredo, Webb County, Texas and being more fully described in exhibit “A” of the lease agreement for the construction and operation of a Boys and Girls Club facility.  The term of the lease is twenty-five (25) years commencing upon the approval of the agreement by City Council.  An extension of the lease is offered through an option term of an additional twenty-five (25) years.  The annual base rent shall be one ($1.00) dollar for the term of the lease and will be increased to ten ($10.00) dollars for the option term.

 

X.        FINAL READINGS OF ORDINANCES 

 

20.      2002-O-080   Amending the Fiscal Year 2001-2002 budget of the City of Laredo in the amount of $10,000.00 in additional funds from the Texas Department of Health for the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Education Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning January 1, 2002, through December 31, 2002.

 

2002-O-081   Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $30,000.00 for Project Alcance.  This program will support outreach and educational services of the Promotora Program.  Driscoll Children’s Health Plans of Corpus Christi has awarded a $30,000.00 grant to the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2001 through August 31, 2002. 

 

2002-O-082   Repealing Ordinance Number 2001-O-279 and authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a portrait studio on Lots 4, 5, and the East ½ of Lot 3, Block 1268, Eastern Division, located at 2219 Clark Blvd; providing for publication and effective date.  (As Amended)

 

2002-O-083   Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for the storage and handling of hazardous materials Blocks 14, 46, and 75, Eastern Division and those portions of Willow Street and Cedar Avenue which were previous public right-of-ways, located at 420 Logan Avenue; providing for publication and effective date.  (As amended)

 

2002-O-084   Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 2.6479 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located north of International Blvd. and east of Bazan Subdivision, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  (As amended)

           

2002-O-085   Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for the storage and handling of hazardous materials on Blocks 56, 67, and 68, Eastern Division and those portions of Cedar Avenue, Piedra China Street, and Logan Avenue which were previous public right-of-ways, located at 301 Logan Avenue; providing for publication and effective date.  (As amended)

 

2002-O-086   Authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute the Vehicle Capital Replacement (VCR) grant 0201 (22) contract no. 51222F6007 with the Texas Department of Transportation in the total dollar amount of $773,126.00; consisting of federal funds of $773,126.00 and providing for a soft match of $193,282.00 state toll credits and amending the FY 2001-2002 budget by appropriating all grant funds in the total amount of $773,126.00; and providing for grant/contract funds to be deposited in the City of Laredo Transit Fund.

 

2002-O-087   Setting the maximum speed limit within the city limits of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, as 50 miles per hour from mile post 1.100 to mile point 7.008 of Loop 20 as defined in the Texas Department of Transportation control section map 0086-14 to be in effect during the reconstruction of Loop 20. 

 

2002-O-088   Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Lease Amendment to the lease agreement authorized by Ordinance No. 2001-0-138 dated July 16, 2001, between the City of Laredo and South Texas Development Council for approximately 2,048 square feet constituting Suite Numbers 12, 14, 16 and 18 of Building No. S-1 located at 1718 E. Calton Road.  Said Amendment will decrease the leased area from 2,048 square feet to 1,376 square feet by deleting Suite No. 16 and decrease the monthly rent accordingly from $2,580.50 to $1,733.78, effective October 1, 2001.  All other terms and conditions remain in effect and unchanged; providing for an effective date.  

 

2002-O-089   Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Lease Agreement with South Texas Development Council for approximately 300 square feet constituting Suite Number 22 of Building S-1 located at 1718 E. Calton Road at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for one-year (1) year commencing on April 1, 2002 and ending on March 31, 2003 and may be extended for two (2) terms of one year (1) each ending on March 31, 2004 and March 31, 2005.  Monthly rent shall be $375.00 and will be adjusted annually during the primary and extension terms of this lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date. 

 

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

21. 2002-R-040           Declaring the public necessity to acquire a 40' wide utility easement for the South Laredo 36" sanitary sewer outfall line [as shown on exhibit “1"] which impacts six parcels of land and authorizing the city attorney to file condemnation proceedings to acquire those parcels which staff is unable to acquire by negotiations with the owner or owners, the six parcels being out of lots and blocks described in a deed from John de Witt Furrh, Jr. To Mary M. Furrh recorded in volume 133, pages 518-519, Webb county deed records, and the six parcels being 40' wide utility easements fully described in exhibit “2", and briefly referenced herein, as follows:

Tract “A” - 13, 980.07 sq. ft. (0.3209 of an acre) tract out of Lot Nos. 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, Block 1030, Eastern Division, City of Laredo.

Tract “B” - 456.94 sq. ft. (0.0105 of an acre) tract out of Lot No. 1, Block 1029, Eastern Division, City of Laredo.

Tract “C” - 10,248.15 sq. ft. (0.2353 of an acre) tract out of Lot Nos.  3, 4, 5, 6, 7, Block 1032, Eastern Division, City of Laredo.

Tract “D” - 5,243.96 sq. ft. (0.1204 of an acre) tract out of Lot Nos. 1, 2, Block 1033, Eastern Division, City of Laredo.

Tract “E” - 5,030.30 sq. ft. (0.1155 of an acre) tract out of Lot Nos. 5, 6, Block 1044, Eastern Division, City of Laredo.

Tract “F” - 11,586.55 sq. ft. (0.2660 of an acre) tract out of Lot Nos. 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, Block 1043, Eastern Division, City of Laredo.

 

22.  2002-R-041        Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the Governor’s Automobile Theft Prevention Authority to fund the Laredo Auto Theft Task Force for the period of September 1, 2002 through August 31, 2003.  The City of Laredo is requesting $721,000.00 to fund the Laredo Auto Theft Task Force.  The ATPA will be designating approximately $578,000.00, the City of Laredo will be designating $112,000.00 and Webb County will be designating $32,000.00 in matching funds.

 

23.  2002-R-042        Authorizing the City of Laredo to participate in Texas Class Local Government Investment Pool (MBIA Municipal Investors Service Corporation) a public fund investment pool designating authorized representatives and adopting the trust agreement.

 

24.  2002-R-043        A resolution canvassing the returns of the General City Election held on May 4, 2002; approving the results; and ordering a special run-off election, if necessary. 

 

 

XII.      MOTIONS

 

25.       Authorizing the City Manager to execute privatization contract for the City of Laredo’s Water and Wastewater operations.

 

26.       Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a license agreement with the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) to locate and operate ambient air monitoring equipment at a station to be located at the World Trade Bridge. 

 

27        Authorizing the issuance of a request for proposals for the Americans with Disabilities Act Paratransit Plan Update for Laredo, TX.  The Metropolitan Planning Organization has budgeted $50,000.00 for the project and funding is available through the MPO account. 

 

28.       Authorizing the issuance of a request for proposals for the development of a Bus Rapid Transit Plan for Laredo, TX.  Funding is available through the Metropolitan Planning Organization account pending an amendment to the Unified Planning Work Program.

 

29.       Consideration to award six month supply contracts (FY 01-078) to the low bidders, Arnold Oil Co., dba Lone Star Lubricants, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $36,515.26, and Leyendecker Oil Inc, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $12,175.19 for the purchase of lubricants for the Fleet Maintenance Division.  The bid pricing will be firm for a one-year period and all items will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Fund. 

 

30.       Consideration to award the following annual contracts for repair parts and service for the heavy equipment fleet, sweepers, motorcycle and lawn maintenance equipment:  Rush Truck Center of Laredo, Laredo, Texas (FY 02-078) in the estimated amount of $50,000.00; Industrial Disposal Supply, San Antonio, Texas (FY 02-080) in the estimated amount of $25,000.00; Corpus Christi Harley-Davidson, Inc. Corpus Christi, Texas (FY 02-079) in the estimated amount of $25,000.00; and RPM Parts & Small Engine, Laredo, Texas (FY 02-076) in the estimated amount of $15,0000.00.  All parts will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance budget. 

 

31.       Consideration to award contract FY 02-073 to the low bidders, Galls Inc., Lexington, KY, in the estimated amount of $30,000.00, Gateway Uniform Services, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $15,000.00 and Skaggs Uniforms, San Antonio, Texas, in the estimated amount of $12,000.00, for the purchase of uniforms, boots and accessories.  Funding is available in the Fire Department Budget. 

 

32.       Consideration to award a contract number FY 02-095, to the sole bidder, WRG Training & Simulation System, Sherwood, OR in the amount of $123,962.20, for the purchase and installation on mobile fire training props for the fire training facility.  The props include:  a tractor trailer roll over prop, jet turbine engine fire/landing gear with wing, propane tank, LNG distribution prop, commercial chemical/gas meter fire prop, storage container fire simulator, vehicle fire simulator, fire extinguishing pan fire simulator, and an electrical pan fire simulator.  Delivery is expected within ninety days.  Funding is available in the Fire Department budget. 

 

33.       Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Reliant Energy, Houston, Texas for the CNG Compressor Station at City of Laredo Fuel Distribution Center (Design/Build Project) and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the Fleet Management Buildings account. 

 

34.       Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Arcadis of the Feasibility Study to construct a Water Park and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund. 

 

35.       Consideration to award annual supply contract number FY 02-092 to the low bidder Arguindegui Oil Co., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $766,085.00, for the purpose of transporting loads of unleaded and low sulfur diesel fuel and tank wagon loads of high sulfur diesel fuel, for the City of Laredo’s fleet.  The transport load contract pricing per gallon for unleaded fuel is approximately $.003/gallon less than the previous contract period.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Fund.

 

36.       Consideration to award contract FY 02-074 to the sole bidder, AOC-Acetylene Oxygen Co., Laredo, Texas in the estimated annual amount of $40,000.00 for providing welding gases, welding rods, and cut links for use by all city departments.  This is annual contract with provisions for one additional year upon mutual consent.  Funding is available in the following departmental budgets:  Public Works-Fleet Maintenance and Parks and Recreation Department. 

           

37.       Consideration to award a contract FY 01-091 to the low bidder, Four Alarm, MES, Inc., Houston, Texas, in the amount of $41,060.00 for the purchase of two sets of hydraulic rescue tool systems for the Fire Department-EMS Division.  This equipment will be assigned to the new ambulance units.  Funding is available in the 2002-A PPFCO Contractual Obligation bond.

 

38.       Consideration to reject single bid of $39,517.44 for the Library shelter at 1120 E. Calton Road.

 

39.       Consideration for approval of the selection of Consultant Harry Jewett Associates, Inc. for the El Cuatro Park to be located west of Santa Cleotilde Avenue and south of Iturbide Street and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the Community Development 27th Action Year. 

 

40.       Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Howland Surveying Company, Inc., DBA Howland Engineering and Surveying Company, Laredo, Texas, for the Resident Project Representative (Inspection Services) for the Laredo International Airport Passenger Terminal and Related Airside/Landside Improvements Phase “E” Taxiway “J” and for the Construction for the Northeast Cargo Apron, Construction of the Service Road and Reconstruction of Taxiways “A”, “D”, & “G” and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in Airport Grant #27-FAA Runway 17 & Taxiway J. Grant #32 NE Cargo Apron, Grant #31-Service Road & Parcel, Grant #29-Taxiway “A”, “D”, & “G”. 

 

41.       Consideration to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder TJ & T Enterprises, Inc. Cypress, Texas, for the Laredo International Airport Passenger Terminal and Related Airside/Landside Improvements Phase “E” in the base bid amount of $4,701,540.00.  Funding is available in the FAA Airport Improvement Program Grant Project No. 3-48-0136-27.  This grant will be supplemented by an additional AIP Entitlement grant.  

 

42.       Consideration to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder Marshall Company, Ltd. Corpus Christi, Texas for the International Fire Fighting/Public Safety Training Facility Phase II in the bid amount of $1,397,732.32.  Funding is available in the Fire Training Facility Project Buildings. 

 

43.       Consideration to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder J. Solis Maintenance & Welding Services, Laredo, Texas, for the CDBG Sidewalks City-Wide Project No. 19C (35.5 Blocks) in the bid amount of $209,008.97.  Funding is available in the Community Development 26th Action Year Sidewalks.

 

44.       Consideration to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the CDBG Sidewalks Project No. 20 (43 Blocks) in the bid amount $223,741.50.  Funding is available in the Community Development 27th Action Year School Sidewalks.

 

45.       Consideration to award contract number FY 02-093, to the low bidder, Safety Supply Inc., San Antonio, Texas, in the estimated amount of $27,520.00 to prove powdered electrolyte replacement drinks (Gatorade) for City service crews.  Electrolyte replacement drinks are purchased on an as needed basis during the summer months for the service crews to prevent dehydration.  The contract pricing is approximately 8% less than the previous contract period.  Funds are available in the following budgets:  Public Works, Sanitation, Fleet Maintenance, Traffic Safety, Engineering, Risk, Parks and Recreation, and Utilities Departments. 

 

46.       Consideration to award contract number FY 02-085 to the low bidder meeting specifications Exerplay, Cedar Chest, NM, in the amount of $140,120.00 for furnishing all labor and material needed to install two modular skate park systems that will be installed at McNaboe Park and the Lafayette Linear Park.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Project budget (City Council District 7) and Community Development Capital Project-Lafayette Linear Park.

 

47.       Consideration to authorize change order no. 1 in the amount of $11,145.00 to the professional services contract executed with Roger B. Hartman, dba THC Utility Management Specialists (THC) for providing additional consulting services related to the privatization of the water and wastewater operations.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department Water and Wastewater budgets.

 

XIII.   STAFF REPORTS

 

48.       Report regarding a request for an extension for Laredo Police Officer, Leonardo Gutierrez on his injury leave with pay, with possible action.

 

49.       City Manager’s report regarding revocation of taxi driver’s permit for Ms. Nora Madrid in response to her appeal for reinstatement, with possible action.

 

XIV.     EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

The City Council hereby reserves the right to go into executive session at any time during this public meeting, if such is requested by the City Attorney or other legal counsel for the City, pursuant to his or her duty under Section 551.071(2) of the Government Code, to consult privately with his or her client on an item on the agenda, or on a matter arising out of such item.

 

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

 

51.       Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code 551.071 (1) (A) & (B) to consult with City Attorney regarding contemplated litigation and possible settlement regarding Laredo Metro, Inc., City of Laredo and Peter Behrman, and return to open session for possible action.

 

XVI.     RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

 

 

52.  2002-RT-002     Authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute the Vehicle Capital Replacement (VCR) grant 0108 (22) 522 contract no. 51108F6001 (the balance remaining of grant VCR 0107) with the Texas Department of Transportation in the total dollar amount of $871,948.00; consisting of $697,559.00 in federal funds, matching Transit sales tax funds of $26,633.00, and providing a soft match of $147,756 state toll credits; understanding that the Federal Government has allowed the use of toll credits to be part of the 20% local matching funds in regards to Transit grants; and acknowledging that vehicles purchased with this grant will be depreciated at the higher value of 80% federal funds and 20% local matching funds, which consists of 3% share local Transit sales tax and 17% share state toll credits; and providing for grant/contract funds to be deposited in the City of Laredo Transit Fund.

 

XVII.    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, May 1, 2002 at 6:00 p.m.

                                                                       

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary