CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2002-R-013

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

JULY 1, 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 May 20, 2002.

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

a.      Recognition of City employees for their participation and contribution to the 2002 American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

 

Communiqués

a.      Appreciation of City of Laredo Code Enforcement employees by Judge Oscar Martinez for their efforts in keeping Laredo beautiful.

 


VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

           

a.      Appointments by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores to Laredo Housing Authority.

 

b.      Appointment by Council Member Johnny Amaya of Tomas M. Rodriguez, Jr. to the Transportation and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee.

 

c.      Appointment by Council Member Hector J. Garcia of Rosie Centeno to the Vehicles for Hire Ad Hoc Committee.

 

d.      Appointment by Council Member Hector J. Garcia of Chantal Cantu AIA to the Cemetery Advisory Committee.

 

           

 VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit to East Country Limited for a mini-storage facility on 3.8955 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at the 3500 Block of Del Mar Blvd.; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed Special Use Permit with a condition.

 

2.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances, Chapter 15, Health and Sanitation, Article VI, Tattoo and Body Piercing, providing definitions, establishing a tattoo and body piercing permit program; providing for exemption from requirements, terms of permits, terms of renewal, terms of denial, and terms of suspension or revocation; providing for injunctive relief and severability; authorizing fee of $100.00 for tattoo or body piercing permits; and $200.00 for a combined studio permit for issuance or annual renewal of permits, and a $10.00 fee for replacement; authorizing a penalty for violation of this Ordinance; providing for publication and effective date.

 

3.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Ordinance No. 97-O-114 authorizing the City of Laredo Health Department to increase the fee from $10.00 to $20.00 per person not registered in a clinic as Health Department patients for phlebotomy services at the Health Department Laboratory; and providing for publication and effective date.

           


4.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 15, Health and Sanitation, of the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances by amending Article VII, Swimming Pool Permit, providing definitions;  establishing a swimming pool permit, terms of swimming pool permit, establishing authority to inspect swimming pools, authorizing a fee of $100 for issuance or renewal of a swimming pool permit, authorizing a fee of $10 for issuance of duplicate permits; terms of renewal, terms of denial, and terms of suspension or revocaton; providing a waiver of permit fee to the City of Laredo Parks and Recreation Department; providing for injunctive relief and severability; authorizing a penalty for violation of this Ordinance; and providing for publication.

 

5.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 annual budget by appropriating additional funds in the amount of $212,470.00 from the Texas Department of Health for the HIV/AIDS Ryan White Project of the City of Laredo Health Department and extending the grant period from April 1, 2002 through August 31, 2002 to April 1, 2002 through March 31, 2003.

           

6.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 annual budget by appropriating revenues in the amount of $39,337.00 in additional funds for the HIV/AIDS Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Project of the City of Laredo Health Department to extend the program period from February 1, 2002, through August 31, 2002, to February 1, 2002, through January 31, 2003.

 

7.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Section 13-21    definitions, Article II (Food Products Establishments) Division 1 (Generally) of Chapter 13 (Food and Food Products) of the Code of Ordinances to revise the definition of a food products establishment, providing for publication and effective date.

 

8.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Section 13-39, (Fees) of Division 2, License of Article II (Food Products Establishments) of Chapter 13 (Food and Food Products) of the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances to increase the annual license fee to be paid by a food establishment, which will continue to be based on the number of employees per establishment.  Establishing a fee of $50.00 for a new food establishment application and fee of $25.00 for request for inspection services, providing for publication and effective date.

 

9.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances, Section 13-81 (Fees) of Article IV, Permitting of Food Service Operator, Chapter 13, Food and Food Products to raise the fee of ten ($10.00) to thirty ($30.00) for a Food Service Operator Permit; providing for publication and effective date.

 

10.       Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept a reimbursement from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the amount of $19,717.00 for overtime expenses and amend the City of Laredo’s FY 2001-2002 annual budget in the amount of $19,717.00 to fund the Laredo Border Region Violent Crime Task Force (LBRVCTF).  The Laredo Police Department will assign one Investigator and one Police Officer to the Task Force.  Reimbursement of overtime expenses will commence on October 1, 2001 through September 30, 2002.

 

11.       Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Ordinance No. 90-O-177 by increasing the fee of $8.00 to $15.00 per sample for the bacteriological analysis of water and allowing for a waiver of the fee to the Health Department; and providing for publication and effective date.

 

12.       Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Laredo Code of Ordinances, Chapter 2 (Administration) Article I (In General) Section 2-3 (Fees for City Services) Subsection (b), increasing the fee for certified birth certificates from $11.00 to $13.00 to include an administrative fee; providing for severability; and providing for publication and effective date.

 

13.       Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Laredo Code of Ordinances, Section 13-58(e) (Issuance of Food Handler’s Certificates) of Division 3 (Employees) of Article II (Food Products Establishments) of Chapter 13, Food and Food Products to raise the annual fee of $8.50 to $20.00  for a Food Handler Certificate, and establish a fee of five dollars ($5.00) for a duplicate Food Handler  Certificate, and extend the  effective period from one (1) year to two (2) years, providing for  publication and effective date.

 

14.       Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute all documentation from the Texas Department of Health for the Bio-Terrorism Preparedness Program of the City of Laredo Health Department in the amount of $411,076.00 in additional funds for the period beginning June 1, 2002, through August 31, 2003, and amending the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 budget in the same amount; and authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo’s full-time equivalent positions by creating 1 – Senior Epidemiologist; 1 – Public Health Technician; 2 – Registered Nurse II; 1.25 – Sanitarians; and 1 – Health Educator, which will be funded by this grant, and will serve Webb, Duval, Zapata and Jim Hogg Counties.

 

15.       Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo’s FY 2001-2002 annual budget in the Capital Improvements Fund by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $80,000.00 which are being donated by Paul Young Properties, LTD., to fund the installation and activation of a traffic signal on U.S. Highway 59 at Casa Blanca Road and the entrance to Paul Young Auto Mall, and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

 

VIII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

16.       A.        Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

1.      Discussion with possible action regarding McPherson widening project.

2.      Discussion with possible action regarding a traffic study on Allende St. behind Retama II.

 

B.        Request by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

1.      Presentation by Luis Guerra on a proposed sports complex for the City of Laredo with private sector participation, with possible action.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Gene Belmares)

 

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

1.      Discussion with possible action to develop an area park behind Farias Recreation Center.

2.      Status report on the widening of Rancho Viejo Drive, with possible action.

 

D.        Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

1.      Discussion with possible action regarding heavy truck traffic on Jefferson Street.

2.      Discussion with possible action regarding planting trees on Iturbide between San Agustin and Flores and possibly through Convent.

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

17.       Introductory Ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with SER Jobs for Progress Southwest Texas, Inc., for approximately 6,102 square feet of office space constituting Suite No. 9 and approximately 450 square feet of storage area constituting Suite No. 10 of Building No. 134 located at 4603 Maher Avenue.  Lease term is for two (2) years commencing on December 1, 2001 and ending on November 30, 2003 and lease may be terminated by either party upon giving a ninety (90) day written notice from the party terminating to the other.  Monthly rent shall be $5,800.00 commencing on December 1, 2001 and ending on November 30, 2002 and monthly rent shall be $6,245.00 commencing on December 1, 2002 and ending November 30, 2003; providing for publication and effective date.

 

18.       Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Webb County for approximately 380 square feet of office space constituting Suite No. 9 of Building No.  S-1 located at 1718 E. Calton Road 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 one (1) year ending February 29, 2004.  Monthly rent shall be $494.00 and will be adjusted annually during the primary and extension term of this lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for publication and effective date.

 

19.       Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease between the City of Laredo Airport Fund, as Lessor, and the City of Laredo Environmental Department, as Lessee, for approximately 400 square feet constituting Suite No. 8 of Building No. S-1 located at 1718 E. Calton Road at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for six (6) months commencing on April 1, 2002 and ending on September 30, 2002.  Monthly rent shall be $520.00; providing for an effective date.

 

20.       Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey a 3,382.41 sq. ft. parcel of land to AEP/Central Power and Light Company, as an easement, for the installation of certain underground electric service facilities to serve the premises at 6415 Sinatra Parkway in Laredo, Texas.  Said 3,382.41 square foot parcel being out of and a part of Lot 4, Block 2, Jacaman Ranch, Unit 3, Laredo Entertainment Center Subdivision, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being generally described below, and more particularly described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A”, and providing for an effective date.  Being a CP&L Easement containing 3,382.41sq.  ft. (0.0776 of an acre) of land, more or less, being out of and a part of Lot No. 4, Block No. 2, Jacaman Ranch, Unit 3, Laredo Entertainment Center Subdivision, recorded in Volume 21, Page 68, Plat Records of Webb County, Texas.

 

21.       Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey fee simple title to Mary Furrh Gomez, Rafael Gomez and Molly E. Gomez, for the “Surface Only” of certain City property being generally described as those former street sections being Mendiola Avenue between Palo Blanco & Bayard Streets excluding the intersections and that former street section being Thurman Street between Tapeyste & Mendiola Avenues, provided that the City of Laredo retains a 40 foot-wide Sanitary Sewer Easement on that section of Mendiola Avenue between Palo Blanco & Thurman Streets.  All said former street sections situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being generally described on the attached excerpt of a City plat and providing for an effective date.

 

22.       Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease renewal with United Exports Trading Association (U.E.T.A.) of Texas, Inc. for approximately 2,526 square feet out of Lot 10, Block 22, in the Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, lying Northeast of the concrete pavement connecting Salinas Street with Water Street.

1.      Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on April 1, 2002 and ending March 31, 2003.

2.      Monthly rent will be $720.00

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

 

23.       Appointment of an Associate Municipal Court Judge for the City of Laredo for a limit of two (2) years; providing for effective date.

 

X.        FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

24.      2002-O-126   Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit to Larinco, Ltd. for a mini-storage facility on 3.47 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located south of Jacaman Road and west of Saldaña Avenue; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed Special Use Permit with conditions.

 

2002-O-127   Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 7 and 8, Block 1149, Eastern Division, located at 2020 Chihuahua St., from R-O (Residential/Office 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.

 

2002-O-128   Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a drapery shop on Lot 7, Block 251, Eastern Division, located at 1802 Cedar Avenue; providing for publication and effective date.  (As amended)

 

2002-O-129   Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of Conditional Use Permit for a used car lot on Lot 8, Block 364, Western Division located at 1819 San Eduardo Avenue; providing for publication and effective date.  (As amended)

 

2002-O-130   Amending the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 budget by appropriating additional revenues in the amount of $8,190.00 for the Tuberculosis Prevention/Control Federal Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning January 1, 2002, through December 31, 2002. 

 

2002-O-131   Amending the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 budget by appropriating additional funds in the amount of $41,836.00 for the HIV/AIDS Health and Social Services Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2001 through August 31, 2002. 

 

2002-O-132   Amending Chapter 30 of the Code of Ordinance of the City of Laredo, Texas to include Section  30-4 Credit Card Payment Processing Fee to establish a credit card payment-processing fee for the payment of property taxes.  The fee will be based on the amount of payment processed.  (As amended)

 

2002-O-133   Amending the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 Veteran’s Field Fund annual budget by appropriating revenues in the amount of $18,000.00 from General Fund and appropriating the expenditure line item for the Tecolotes de Los Dos Laredos contract by $18,000.00.  The transfer is for the increases in Immigration and Naturalization fees, American Consulate fees, and Mexican Consulate fees pertinent to bridge crossings.

 

2002-O-134   Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo’s 2001-2002 annual budget in the amount of $5,204.00 to fund the Laredo Multi-Agency Narcotics Task Force and amend the current number of grant funded Full-Time Equivalent positions from 11 to 11.5 with the addition of .5 for a Custodian.  The Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division will be designating $998,115.00, and the City of Laredo and participating agencies will designate $334,778.00 in matching funds for a total amount of $1,332,893.00.  Funding will be used to pay salaries, fringe benefits, direct operating expenses and equipment from June 1, 2002 through May 31, 2003; and accepting the grant in the same amount.

 

2002-O-135   Accepting a grant awarded from the United States Department of Justice, Community Oriented Policing Services in the amount of $3,000,000.00 and amending the City of Laredo’s FY 2001-2002 annual budget in the amount of $5,308,520.00 to fund the COPS program, and amending the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 Full Time Equivalent Positions by adding 40 Patrol Officers Cadets.  The United States Department of Justice will be designating $3,000,000.00 and the City of Laredo will be designating $2,308,520.00 in matching funds for a total of $5,308,520.00 for a three year funding period of the “Universal Hiring” program beginning March 1, 2002 through February 28, 2005.  (As amended)

 

2002-O-136   Accepting a grant awarded by the Criminal Justice Division, Office of the Governor for the amount of $51,652.00 and amending the City of Laredo’s 2001-2002 annual budget in the amount of $299.00 to fund the Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grant.  The Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division is contributing $51,652.00 with the City of Laredo designating $5,739.00 in matching funds.  This funding will be used to pay for the salaries and fringe benefits of an Administrative Assistant II position and to purchase the necessary equipment to expand information within its current intelligence database for its juvenile program.  Grant period is from August 1, 2002 through July 31, 2003.

 

2002-O-137   Closing as public easements those sections of:  Mendiola Avenue between Palo Blanco and Bayard Street, excluding the intersections; and Thurman Street between Tapeyste and Mendiola Avenues all situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; and providing for an effective date.

 

2002-O-138   Closing as public easement that section of Urbahn Avenue between Palo Blanco and Thurman Streets situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and providing for an effective date.

 

2002-O-139   Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey fee simple title to the “Surface Only” at its market value of  $7,494.00.00, for certain property described as a 4,654.82 sq. ft. tract of land, more or less, out of the south 83.78’ of McDonnell Avenue between Ryan and Taylor Streets to Manuel Patiño, Jr. and wife Margarita G. Patiño said tract of land situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being described on Exhibit “A”; and providing for an effective date.

 

2002-O-140   Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Aura Inc., d/b/a The Education Center for approximately 4,308 square feet constituting Building No. 1169 located at 4407 Foster Avenue located at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for six (6) months commencing July 1, 2002 and ending on December 31, 2002.  Monthly rent shall be $2,100.00; providing for an effective date.

 

2002-O-141   Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Dairy Process, Inc. for approximately 2,600 square feet constituting Building 1006 located at 4608 Daugherty Avenue.  Lease term is for ten (10) years commencing on July 1, 2002 and ending on June 30, 2012 and may be extended for two (2) terms of five (5) years each ending on June 30, 2017 and June 30, 2022.  However, Lessee may terminate lease upon giving a 60-day written notice to Lessor.  Monthly rent shall be $650.00 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index and further adjusted by Fair Market Value appraisal on the tenth (10th) anniversary; providing for an effective date.

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

25.  2002-R-054        Adopting the list of capital improvement projects which will be submitted to the South Texas Development Council for incorporation in the Overall Economic Development Program Plan (OEDP) to be provided to the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) for potential funding consideration and further authorizing the City Manager to submit a pre-application and a follow-up grant application as may be directed by EDA and to execute any and all related documents in support of the same.  Projects named include:

 

1.      La Barranca Industrial Park – 16” Waterline Extension

2.      Bartlett Avenue Extension from Gale to Del Mar Blvd.

3.      El Portal Riverfront Development Project

4.      Airport Medical Park Development Phase III

 

26.  2002-R-056        Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.1352 of an acre parcel of land from Juan Ramirez Properties, Ltd., for the Upper Zacate Creek Improvements Project.  Said parcel of land being out of Survey 1021, Abstract 64, Northern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being generally described below, and more particularly described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A”.  Being a tract of land containing 0.1352 acres (5891.07 sq. ft.), more or less, situated in Survey 1021, Abstract 64, GB & CNG RY CO., Original Grantee, Northern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.  Said 0.1352 acres being out of a 1.4328-acre tract of land, recorded in Vol. 1110, Pages 699-701, Webb County Deed Records.

 

27.  2002-R-059        Directing publication of Notice of Intention to issue City of Laredo, Texas Combination Tax and Revenue Certificate of Obligation, Series 2002, in the principal amount of $9,965,000.00 for paying all or a portion of the City’s Contractual Obligations for the purpose of acquisition of downtown property to be used for future municipal offices; acquisition of the Slaughter Farm land to be used for municipal park space including sports fields, nature trails and other park recreational uses; acquisition of land in northeast of Laredo to be used for a municipal solid waste landfill; acquisition of land for the Laredo International Fire and Law Enforcement Training Center; acquisition of downtown property including improvements for a surface municipal parking lot, and for the payment of legal, fiscal, architectural and engineering fees in connection with such projects.

 

XII.      MOTIONS

 

28.       Authorizing the City Manager to grant a permit for a public fireworks display at Veteran’s Field on July 4, 2002 at 9:15 p.m. to Atlas Enterprises, Inc.

 

29.       Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into a contract with the sole source provider, Transcore, Inc., in an amount not to exceed $100,000.00 for the software upgrade needed to convert revenue reporting system from one based on deposits to one based on actual traffic volumes.  Funding is available in the Toll Equipment account.

 

30.       Authorizing the City Manager to amend the contract with Hawkins, Delafield & Wood in an amount not to exceed $118,216.80 for compensation for hours of services rendered in connection with contract negotiations pertaining to the privatization of water and wastewater operations from April 17, 2002 through May 8, 2002. 

 

31.       Consideration to award contract number FY 02-119 to the low bidder, Dooley Tackaberry, Inc., Deer Park, Texas, in the amount of $32,000.00 for the purchase of twelve sets of self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) for the Fire Department.  Bid pricing for this contract was secured using a reverse auction format.  Funding is available from the PPFCO Contractual Obligation bond proceeds.

 

32.       Amending the HOME Investment Partnership Program Policy and Procedures Manual as it pertains to Down Payment Assistance.  The following changes are proposed:

1.      To allow the maximum loan amount of $15,000 (an increase from $9,000) to be provided to households with incomes at 60% or below area median income;

2.      To allow for a maximum loan amount of $12,000 provided to households with incomes above 60% and up to 70% of area median family income.

3.      To allow the maximum loan amount of $9,000 (an increase from $6,000) provided to households with incomes above 70% and up to 80% of area median family income.

4.      To change the manner in which the down payment assistance loans are processed, by allowing application intake to be provided by participating mortgage/finance companies.  Department of Community Development staff will continue to process and approve all applications.

5.      To allow participants under the HOME Down Payment Assistance program to refinance the existing mortgage loan provided that the structure of the down payment assistance loan remains the same.

           

33.       Consideration to award contract number FY 02-118 to the low bidders, Dr. Ike’s Home Center, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $24,074.00; Laredo Steel, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $15,225.00; and Alamo Iron Works, San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $7,151.00 for providing rebar and wire mesh for a six month period.  This contract establishes contract pricing for these materials used for construction or repair projects scheduled during the next six months.  All materials will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Public Works budget and Capital Improvements Fund.

 

34.       Consideration to award a construction contract to the sole bidder, Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Lafayette Street Park Project in the negotiated bid amount of $248,808.50.  Funding is available in the Lafayette Linear Park Project.

           

35.       Consideration for approval to award a professional services contract to ASD Art, Inc., (Armando Hinojosa Artist/Sculptor), Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $150,000.00 for design and preparation of plans and specifications and for construction of the Veteran’s Monument Project.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvements Fund, Veteran’s Monument Project. 

 

36.       Consideration to award contract FY 02-116 to Lamar Advertising, Laredo, Texas, for outdoor billboard advertising in the annual cost of $26,279.00 for rental and vinyl production, and authorizing the City Manager to sign all contract documents.  The term of the contract will be for one year with an option to renew for two, additional one-year terms.  These billboards are part of the Laredo airline marketing strategy.  Billboards will be contracted for the corridors:  Corpus Christi to San Antonio and Eagle Pass to Laredo and in Zapata, Texas.  Funding is available in the Laredo Convention and Visitors Bureau billboard advertising account.

 

37.       Ratify and approve action taken by the City Manager on May 7, 2002 to issue an emergency purchase order for the repair of two 350 hp motors at the Jefferson Street Water Treatment Plant, Raw Water Intake Structure.  The cost to repair these pumps was $32,762.85.

 

XIII.     STAFF REPORTS

           

38.       Presentation by Robert Murillo, Traffic Director, regarding the recent video and data enhancements to the centralized traffic management center.

 

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.

 

XV.      RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

 

39.       Consideration for approval to award a professional services contract to Porras Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $18,116.00 for design and preparation of plans and specifications for the City of Laredo Sidewalks Project No. 18.  Funding is available in the Transit System Capital Grant #456 Improvements Other Than Buildings.

 


XVI.     RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO CITY WATER LOCAL GOVERNMENT CORPORATION

 

40.  2002-RW-004    Authorizing the President of the Laredo City Water Local Government Corporation (“LWC”) to expand the Advance Authorization to Proceed (“AATP”) agreement with MHW Americas, Inc. for interim work and extend AATP for 45 days to finalize negotiations for the Secondary Water Supply Agreement.

 

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 June 26, 2002 at 6:00 p.m.

                                                                       

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary[fp1] 

 

 


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