CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2002-R-015

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

AUGUST 5, 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 June 17, 2002, July 1, 2002, and July 19, 2002.

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

a.      Recognition of Humberto Sanchez, Jr., and Graciela Sanchez for their heroic actions at Lake Casa Blanca on July 13, 2002.

 

b.      Recognition of the Lifeguard Team from the City’s Parks and Recreation Department for winning first place in the overall team category at a competition held in Uvalde, Texas, on Sunday, July 28, 2002.

 

Communiqués

 


VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

           

a.      Appointment by Council Member Johnny Amaya of Sammy Moreno to the Vehicles for Hire Ad Hoc Committee.

           

VII.      PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.                  Public hearing and introductory ordinance accepting and appropriating a grant awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the amount of $138,767.00 with the City of Laredo designating $46,192.00 as a local match and amending the City of Laredo’s FY 2001-2002 NPDES Fund annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures.  The grant monies will be used for the Chacon Creek Restoration Project from HWY 359 South to the Rio Grande River.

 

2.                  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount of $1,000,000.00 from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) for the Calle Iturbide Project, also known as the Streets of Laredo Urban Mall, to execute all related documentation and to amend the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $1,450,000.00, which includes previously budgeted CDBG funds of $450,000.00 used as program match.

 

3.                  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2001-2002 Recreation Fund annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $5,800.00 for the administration of recreation programs and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.  Excess funds are available from the collection of fees from classes and lessons over Fiscal Year 2001-2002 budgeted revenues.

 

4.                  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute all documentation by increasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $1,350,586.00 in direct funds and $227,690.00 in program income from the Texas Department of Health for nine grants:  La Familia Health Care Program, Tuberculosis Elimination Program, Immunization Action Plan Project, Office of Public Health Practice, Hepatitis C Screening Project, Maternal and Child (and Dental) Health Program, Family Planning Services, and the  Laredo Obesity Prevention and Control Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2002, through September 30, 2003, and amending the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 budget in the amount of $112,548.00 for the period beginning September 1, 2002 through September 30, 2002.  The remaining grant award in the amount of $1,238,037.00 will be executed in Fiscal Year 2002-2003.

 

5.                  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend and appropriate the FY 2001-2002 annual operating budget by accepting the donation of $2,350.00 from State Farm Insurance Company for the purchase of one (1) 911 bilingual emergency simulator.  This 911 bilingual emergency simulator will be used to train school children in fire safety, an educational program that the Laredo Fire department promotes in the Laredo community.

 

6.                  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo’s Fiscal Year 2001-2002 Colonias Fund annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $6,231.450.00.  The Border Environmental Infrastructure Fund through the North American Development Bank is granting said amount to the City of Laredo for construction in support of improvements to water and wastewater services to 15 colonias in the City of Laredo and Webb County.

 

7.                  Public hearing and Final Reading of Ordinance 2002-O-164 amending sections of the Laredo Land Development Code pertaining to Floodplain Management Standards, specifically Section 24-69, Flood Hazard District; and Appendix A, Definitions; and providing for publication and effective date.  (As amended) 

 

8.                  Public hearing and Final Reading of Ordinance 2002-O-172 amending sections of the Laredo Development Code pertaining to allowable signage, specifically Section 24.82.3 Off-Premise Signs; Section 24.82.4 Permitted Sign Dimensions; Section 24.82.5.2 Supplementary Standards for all Districts; and Appendix A; and providing for publication and effective date. 

 

9.                  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 9.9237 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A” located west of McPherson Road and south of Ranchway Drive from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

10.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 13 and 14, Block 2, Jacaman Ranch Subdivision, Unit 6, Jacaman Commercial Park, located northeast of Rosson Lane, from B-4 (Highway Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change.

 

11.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1 and 2, Block 408, Eastern Division, located at 519 East Saunders Street from 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 zone change.

 

12.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit to Kenneth Smartt for a sexually oriented business on 4.4493 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located west of Hwy 35 and north of the Anzon Plat; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed Special Use Permit.

 

13.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 806, Eastern Division, located at 402 South Meadow Avenue, 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 denial of the proposed zone change and approval of a Conditional Use Permit with conditions.

 

14.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 2.5537 acres, known as the Tex West Plat, located at 1830 Tex-Mex Drive, from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to M-2 (Heavy Manufacturing District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed change and approval of a Conditional Use Permit with conditions.

 

15.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 0.528 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located east of Mines Road and south of San Lorenzo Drive from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential 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.

 

16.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 3.7748 acres as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located south of Masterson Road and west of Hwy 83, from AG (Agricultural District) to R-1MH (Single Family Manufactured Housing District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

17.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 3.5976 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located north of Santa Martha Blvd. and west of Hwy 83 from AG (Agricultural District) to R-1MH (Single Family Manufactured Housing District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

18.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 10.4024 acres, located west of Hwy 83 and north of Santa Fe Subdivision Unit V, from AG (Agricultural District) and R-3 (Mixed Family Residential 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.

 

19.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 5, Block 1950, Eastern Division, located at 3113 Clark Blvd., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change.

 

20.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 9.1078 acres, located west of Hwy 83 and south of Cielito Lindo Blvd., 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 with the exception of Lots 1-8, Block 1, as identified by the attached site plan, which the Commission recommends remain B-1.

 

21.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend Ordinance 99-O-242 dated August 23, 1999, Establishing and Adopting Commercial Aircraft Landing Fees and Landing Fee Rates for the Laredo International Airport as follows:  Section 2 is amended to include a non-signatory airline category and non-signatory landing fee of $0.90 (ninety cents) per thousand pounds; Section 5 is deleted; Section 6 is amended to delete the requirement that the Airport shall first invoice the Airline to receive landing fee payments; Section 7 is amended so as to not exempt commercial airlines from paying a landing fee; providing for an effective date.

 

22.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo’s FY 2001-02 General Fund annual budget by appropriating expenditures in the amount of $133,347.00, from the Building Security Fee collected by Municipal Court and 2000A CO annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $133,347.00, to provide underground electrical power to the new Municipal Court Building and re-route existing overhead primaries away from the new building, and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

 

23.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas, International Toll Bridge System Revenue Bonds, Series 2002, in the principal amount of $12,890,00.00 for the renovation and improvements of Bridge No. 1 with pedestrian way improvements and construction of a duty free export building attached to an administration building, and other improvements in connection therewith, approving an official statement, authorizing the execution of a purchase contract, and other matters related thereto and authorizing amendment to the City’s budget to appropriate such proceeds for purposes authorized herein.

 

24.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas, Combination Tax and Revenue Certificates 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 Northeast of Laredo, to be used for a municipal solid waste landfill; acquisition of land for the fire and law enforcement training center; acquisition of downtown property, including improvements for surface municipal parking lot, and of the payment of legal, fiscal, architectural and engineering fees in connection with such projects and authorizing amendment to the City’s budget to appropriate such proceeds for purposes authorized herein; and approving an official statement and authorizing the execution of a purchase contract; and ordaining other matters related to the subject.

 

25.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance approving an amendment to Ordinance 91-O-032 authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas, Subordinate Sewer System Revenue Bonds, Series 1991 and other matters related thereto. 

 

26.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas, Public Property Finance Contractual Obligations, Series 2002, in the principal amount of $2,285,000.00, for the purchase of vehicle equipment, trucks, fire department equipment, trailers, EMS equipment, sweepers, mowers, street equipment, computers and ordaining other matters relating to the subject and authorizing amendment to the City’s budget to appropriate such proceeds for purposes authorized herein; and approving an official statement and authorizing the execution of a purchase contract; and ordaining other matters related to the subject

 

27.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas, Sewer System Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2002A, approving an official statement, authorizing the execution of a purchase contract and the execution of an escrow agreement, and making provisions for the security thereof, and authorizing amendment to the City’s budget to appropriate such proceeds for purposes authorized herein, and ordaining other matters related to the subject.

 

28.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas, Sewer System Revenue Refunding Bonds, Taxable Series 2002B, approving an official statement, authorizing the execution of a purchase contract and the execution of an escrow agreement, and making provisions for the security thereof, and authorizing amendment to the City’s budget to appropriate such proceeds for purposes authorized herein, and ordaining other matters related to the subject.

 

 

VIII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

29.       A.     Request by Council Member John C. Galo

1.      Staff report on the lack of railroad gate crossing arms at Chihuahua and Guadalupe Streets.

 

2.      Status report on the clean up of Chacon Creek, with possible action.

 

3.      Staff report on what measures the City and Council can take to get out the votes for the November election.

 

4.      Status report on the extra signage requested for the intersection of Malinche and Chacon, with possible action.

 

B.        Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

1.      Discussion with possible action on the brick pavers project on Clark Blvd.

 

C.        Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

1.      Discussion with possible action regarding the strengthening of the soliciting ordinance.

 

2.      Discussion, with possible action, on Charlie Borchers Elementary traffic situation.

 

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

1.      Discussion with possible action regarding the road conditions of the intersection of Santa Maria Avenue and Del Mar Blvd.

 

2.      Status report on the CPL Road project, with possible action.

 

3.      Discussion with possible action regarding the identification of non-wetland areas around Indian Sunset Park.

 

E.        Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

1.      Discussion with possible action on the improvements of the 1400 block of Vidaurri.

 

2.      Discussion with possible action regarding security surveillance in the downtown area.

 

3.      Discussion with possible action on the proposed 2002-2003 annual budget.

 

            (Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

30.             Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Border Sporting Goods, Inc., for approximately 6,583 square feet constituting Building No. 190 located at 5207 Maher Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for five (5) years commencing on July 1, 2002 and ending on June 30, 2007.  Monthly rent shall be $2,107.00 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.   

 

31.             Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with International Total Services (I.T.S.) for approximately 198 square feet constituting Suite No. 208 located on the second (2nd) floor of the Airport Passenger Terminal Building at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on July 1, 2002 and ending on June 30, 2003.  Monthly rent shall be $300.00; providing for effective date.        

 

32.             Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Nextel WIP Lease Corporation d/b/a Nextel Partners for approximately 12,713 square feet of land located at 1820 Pappas Street for the purpose of locating an antenna tower at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for five (5) years commencing on September 1, 2002 and ending on August 31, 2007 and maybe be extended for four (4) terms of five (5) years each ending on August 31, 2012; August 31, 2017; August 31, 2022; and August 31, 2027.  Annual base rent shall be $8,400.00, payable in advance.  The base rent shall be increased annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index and further adjusted by fair market value appraisal on the 10th and 20th anniversaries; providing for an effective date.

 

33.             Approving a Foreign Trade Zone Operations Agreement with South Texas Traffic Company as zone site operator covering 97,032 square feet of activated space, which includes 71,432 square feet of warehouse space and 25,600 square feet of trailer parking area located at 8501 Killam Industrial Blvd., Foreign Trade Zone Site 3 and authorizing the City Manager to execute said agreement.  Providing activation, administrative, and transaction fees to the City and providing for an effective date.

 

34.             Authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to the lease agreement between the City of Laredo, as Lessor, and Laredo Guardian Volunteers, Inc., as Lessee, authorized by Ordinance No. 2001-O-141 dated July 16, 2001, for the purpose of relocating Lessee to a larger office space effective September 1, 2002.  Said amendment will amend, specifically, Section 1.01 titled “Leased Area,” relocating Lessee from Suite No. 23 to Suite No. 26, and respectively increasing the leased area from 300 square feet to 480 square feet.  Amending Section 1.04 titled “Rental Obligation,” in order to increase the monthly rent from $388.58 to $624.00.  Amending Section 4.08 titled “Notices” in order to change the mailing address.  All other terms and conditions remain unchanged and in effect; providing for an effective date.

 

35.             Establishing and adopting an Ordinance granting the City Manager authority to enter into short term (not to exceed sixty (60) days) lease agreements with interested parties for use of Airport property and facilities located at the Laredo International Airport and authorizing the City Manager to implement said Ordinance; providing for an effective date. 

 

36.             Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease between the City of Laredo Airport, as Lessor, and City of Laredo Municipal Court, as Lessee, for approximately 184,956 square feet of land located on Lot No. 1, Block No. 6 at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for forty (40) years commencing on October 1, 2002 and ending on September 30, 2042.  Monthly rent shall be $3,750.00 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index and further adjusted by Fair Market Value Appraisal on the 10th, 20th, and 30th anniversaries; providing for an effective date.

 

37.             Authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to the Lease Agreement between the City of Laredo, as Lessor, and Laredo Candle Company, L.P., as Lessee, authorized by Ordinance No. 2002-O-118 dated June 3, 2002 for the purpose of extending the lease term for an additional ninety (90) days effective July 19, 2002.  Said Amendment will amend, specifically, Section 1.02 titled “Term”, adding ninety (90) days commencing on July 19, 2002 and ending on October 18, 2002.  Section 1.03 titled “Rental Obligation” is amended to reflect the rent obligation in the amount of $11,500.00 per month commencing on July 19, 2002 and ending on October 18, 2002. All other terms and conditions remain unchanged and in effect; providing for an effective date.

 

38.             Amending Ordinance 99-O-363 dated December 20, 1999 to include authorization for payment of monetary commission to Real Estate Agents whose efforts result in leasing airport office space and/or buildings; providing for an effective date.

 

X.        FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

39.      2002-O-162   Amending the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 annual budget by appropriating current seized revenues and expenditures in the amount of $156,000.00 in the Laredo Police Department Trust Fund.  Funding will be used to purchase capital outlay equipment.  Items include the mobile command center, inventory tracker, and the security system in all substations and improvements to the Laredo Police Department Annex (Building 60) at the Laredo International Airport.    

           

2002-O-163   Amending the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 annual budget by appropriating current seized revenues and expenditures in the amount of $122,000.00 in the Laredo Police Department Trust Fund.  Funding will be used to pay for a detailed study to improve overall radio communication city-wide and to ensure that this system is compatible with the Mobile Data Terminals being acquired by the Laredo Police Department.  Funding is available in the Laredo Police Department Trust Fund. 

          

2002-O-165   Authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute all documentation from the Texas Department of Health for the “Los Dos Laredos” Binational Neural Tube Defects (NTD) Pilot Project of the City of Laredo Health Department in the amount of $43,532.00 in additional funds for the period beginning April 1, 2002 through March 31, 2003, and amending the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 budget in the same amount.

 

2002-O-166   Amending the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 annual budget by appropriating additional funds in the amount of $5,394.00 from the Texas Department of Health for the Comprehensive Public Health Services Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2001, through August 31, 2002; and authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo’s full-time equivalent positions by creating one Clerk II position.

 

2002-O-167   Accepting a grant awarded by the South Texas Development Council in the amount of $27,100.00 and amending the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 annual budget for the NPDES Fund by appropriating said grant revenue to the appropriate expenditure accounts.  The grant monies will be used for the Used Oil Recycling Program.

 

2002-O-168   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 Suites 9 and 10 in Building No. 134 located at 4603 Maher Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  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 on November 30, 2003; providing for an effective date.

 

2002-O- 169  Amending Chapter XI, Truck Traffic Division 2, Truck Routes, Section 19-410 Truck Routes Designated, of Chapter 19, of the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances by deleting Jefferson Street (Westbound only) as a truck route between IH 35 and Santa Isabel Avenue and providing for publication and effective date.

 

2002-O- 170  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey title to the State of Texas, the “Surface Only” of 0.33 of an acre, more or less, parcel of land, and 0.48 of an acre, more or less, parcel of land, both for the construction of an acceleration lane to and a deceleration lane from Loop 20 onto and from Jacaman Road.  Said land parcels being generally described below and more particularly described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibits “A” & “B” and providing for an effective date.

Parcel 1- Being a tract of land containing 0.33 acres, more or less, a part of Survey 1022, Abstract 654, R.S. Ramsey Original Grantee, in Webb County, Texas; being a part of that certain tract called to contain 1,342.47 acres, described in Warranty Deed dated July 10, 1992, and recorded in Volume 47, Pages 418-42, of the Official Public Records of Webb County, out of a 9.37 acre tract dedicated to the City of Laredo, Texas on September 6, 2001 recorded in Vol. 1099, Pgs. 633-643, of the Deed Records of Webb County, Texas.

Parcel 2-Being a tract of land containing 0.48 acres, more or less, a part of Survey 1022, Abstract 654, R.S. Original Grantee, in Webb County, Texas; being a part of that certain tract called to contain 1,342.47 acres, described in Warranty Deed dated July 10, 1992, and recorded in Volume 47, Pages 418-42 of the Official Public Records of Webb County, out of a 9.37 acre tract dedicated to the City of Laredo, Texas on September 6, 2001, recorded in Vol. 1099, Pgs, 633-643 of the Deed Records of Webb County, Texas.

 

2002-O-173   Amending the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 budget in the amount of $16,544.00 by increasing the Texas Department of Health’s share of program income and expenditures for the Immunization Action Plan Project budget of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period of September 1, 2001, through August 31, 2002.

 

2002-O-174   Amending the City of Laredo 2001-2002 budget in the amount of $1,000.00 by increasing the Texas Department of Health’s share of program income and expenditures for the Tuberculosis Elimination Program budget of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period of September 1, 2001, through August 31, 2002.

 

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

40.  2002-R-066        Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Clinical Affiliation Agreement between the City of Laredo Fire Department Emergency Management Service and Texas A&M International University Canseco School of Nursing.

 

41.  2002-R-067        Authorizing the City Manager to accept the donation of a 30,000 gallon Chlorine Rail Tank Car from WRG Training Simulation System with an estimated value of $22,000.00.  This equipment will be used as a training prop at the Laredo International Fire and Law Enforcement Training Center.

 

42.  2002-R-068        Authorizing the City Manager to accept the donation of a 10,000 gallon propane tank from the National Guard with an estimated value of $7,000.00 and services donated by Orozco’s Wrecker Recovery and Crane Services with an estimated value of $3,000.00 to relocate the tank to the Training Center.  This equipment will be used as a training prop at the Laredo International Fire and Law Enforcement Training Center.

 

     43.  2002-R-069         Authorizing the City Manager to accept the donation of one (1) used 1980 single type dwelling two (2) bedroom mobile home from Juan Narvaez Manufactured Mobile Homes with an estimated value of $5,000.00.  This used mobile home will be used as a training prop at the Laredo International Fire and Law Enforcement Training Center.

 

44.  2002-R-070        A resolution accepting a grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the amount of $115,000.00 to provide for a Vulnerability Assessment of the water and wastewater infrastructure security.

 

45.  2002-R-072        Accepting a grant awarded from the Governor’s Automobile Theft Prevention Authority in the amount of $399,292.00 to fund the Laredo Auto Theft Task Force.  The Governor’s Automobile Theft Prevention Authority will be designating $399,292.00, the City will be designating $78,858.00 in matching funds, and Webb County will be designating $31,464.00 in matching funds for a total of $509,614.00 for a one year funding period beginning September 1, 2002 through August 31, 2003.

XII.      MOTIONS

 

46.             Consideration to award contract number FY 02-136 to the low bidders, Precision Delta Corporation, Ruleville, MS, in the amount of $29,775.34 and C & G Wholesale, Dallas, TX, in the amount of $18,096.00 for the purchase of duty and practice ammunition for the Police Department.  Bids were requested on the following ammunition types:  .45 ACP, 9mm, 308, 00 Buck, rifle slug, and .223 cal.  Funding is available in the Police Department budget.

 

47.             Consideration to award contract number FY 02-132 to the sole bidder, LDV, Inc., Burlington, Wisconsin, in the amount of $360,984.00 for the purchase of a mobile command center for the Police Department.  Funding is available in the Police Trust Fund.

 

48.             Consideration to award contract number FY 02-125 to the sole bidder, Audio Intelligence Devices, Inc., Deerfield Beach, Florida, in the amount of $129,310.00 for the purchase of a specialized law enforcement vehicle.  Funding is available in the Police Trust Fund.

 

49.             Consideration to award annual supply contracts FY 02-120 to the low bidders meeting specifications: Wingfoot Commercial Tire Systems, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $160,586.00; Firestone Store, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $70,656.94; and A to Z Tire and Battery, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $28,552.00 for the purchase of tires and tubes for all City vehicles.  All tires are purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Fund.

 

50.             Consideration for approval of change order no. 2 a decrease of $3,472.17 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance for the rehabilitation of concrete bridge deck, repairs, structural evaluation and assessment of load carrying capacity, and strengthening of Laredo International Bridge I and approval of final payment in the amount of $39,279.78 to C.F. Jordan, L.P., Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $392,797.83.  Funding is available in the Bridge System Toll Plaza Improvements.

 

51.             Consideration to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder R. Aguero Trucking, Laredo, Texas, for the South Laredo Park in the vicinity of Kawas Elementary School in the bid amount of $182,963.30.  Funding is available in the Community Development 26th Action Year/2000 Grant South Laredo Park.

 

52.             Consideration to approve amendment no. 2 for a feasibility study and preparation of plans and specifications to widen Bridge II through the removal of the sidewalk areas and relocation of utilities for an increased amount of $62,000.00 as additional professional services to the engineering contract of Halliburton KBR, Houston, Texas, (formerly Brown & Root, Inc.) for the Laredo International Bridge I Strengthening Project.  Funding is available in the Bridge Improvements account.

 

53.             Consideration to amend the City’s contract with Parsons, Brinckerhoff, Quade and Douglas for the preparation of an environmental assessment (EA) for the City of Laredo International Bridge No. 5 and border facilities to include the preparation of a detailed traffic analysis in the amount not to exceed $49,415.00.  The contract amount will increase from $158,788.00 to $208,203.00.

 

54.             Consideration for approval of change order no. 3 an increase of $50,646.80 to the construction contract with MTZ Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the widening of Del Mar from Fenwick Drive to McPherson Road for over excavation of the sub-grade and placement of caliche to correct ground water conditions between Eden and McPherson.  Funding is available in the Del Mar Widening-Phase I Project.

 

55.             Consideration to renew the Occupational Health Clinic Physician contract number FY 01-124 between the City of Laredo and David Cruz, M.D., to provide medical services as the City of Laredo designated physician for the Occupational Health Clinic located at 5512 Thomas and authorizing the City Manager to execute all contract documents.

 

56.             Consideration to renew professional service contract number FY 01-135 between the City of Laredo and Deer Oaks Mental Health Associates for the Employee Assistance Program and to authorize the City Manager to execute all contract documents.

 

57.             Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into a renewed interlocal agreement for FY 2001-2002 between the City of Laredo and the County of Webb in the amount of $133,600.00 for locally supported public health services to non-Laredo residents of Webb County for the period beginning October 21, 2001 through September 30, 2002.

 

58.             Consideration to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder, Universal Sprinkler Corporation, Houston, Texas, for the Fire Sprinkler System for the Colombia Solidarity Bridge Toll Plaza Facility in the bid amount of $50,206.00.  Funding is available in the Bridge System Toll Plaza Improvements.

 

59.             Consideration to authorize the City Manager to opt out of the Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), effective October 1, 2002 through September 30, 2003, as a result of the City currently meeting or exceeding minimum HIPAA benefit provisions.

 

60.             Consideration to authorize the nomination of Daniel E. Migura, Jr., Administrative Services Department Director for the 2002 Board of Trustees election for Region 7 of the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Employee Benefits Pool.

 

61.             Consideration to award annual contract FY 02-129 to the low bidder, JJJ International & Safety, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $116,141.20 for providing traffic marking paint for the Traffic Department Safety Division and Airport Department.  This contract establishes the unit pricing for traffic paint and glass beads used for street and runway/taxiway striping for a one-year period.  All items will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Traffic Safety and Airport Ground Maintenance budgets.

 

62.             Consideration to reject the sole bid FY 02-127 by Carl Turner Equipment, San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $33,500.00 for the purchase and installation of fleet service equipment at the Solid Waste Facility.  The bid pricing exceeded the budgeted amount and new bids will be secured for the equipment only.  City crews will install the equipment.  Funding is available in the Fleet Management Fund.

 

63.             Consideration to award contract number FY 02-115 to the low bidder JVA’s Investigation & Security Company, Oilton, Texas, for providing airport security guard services for the Laredo International Airport.  The term of this contract will be from the contract award date to December 31, 2003 and subject to continued appropriation of funds by the City Council or the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA).  The contract is for an estimated amount of 126 hours per week ($822.00/wk).  Funding is available in the Airport Fund.

 

64.             Consideration to award contract number FY 02-137 to the low bidder, Bullen Pump and Equipment, Inc., Houston, Texas, in the amount of $72,138.00 for the purchase of two replacement progressive cavity pumps and one grinder for the Zacate Creek Wastewater Plant.  Funds for the purchase of this equipment are available in the Utilities Department budget.

 

65.             Consideration to award contract number FY02-134 to the Low Bidder, Shadeports, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $48,900.00 for the installation of shade structures at the Solid Waste Facility and Tarver Recreation Center.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund and the Parks and Recreation Department budget.

 

XIII.     STAFF REPORTS

           

66.             Update report on the status of the Colonias Project.

 

67.             Status report by El Metro on the improvements on Lyon and Meadow and Meadow and Stewart Streets in District IV.

 

68.             Status of the contract for the privatization of the City’s water and wastewater operations.


 

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.

 

69.       Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code § 551.071 (1)(A) to consult with City Attorney regarding pending litigation, Gilbert L. Leyendecker, and wife, June G. Leyendecker, and Leyendecker Properties, Ltd. vs. The City of Laredo, Texas, Alfredo Agredano, City Council Member District I, Johnny Amaya, City Council Member District IV, Eliseo Valdez, Jr., City Council Member, District V, Joe A. Guerra, City Council Member District VI, Jose Alberto Valdez, Jr., City Council Member District VII, Juan Ramirez, City Council Member District VIII, in their individual and official capacities, Cause No. 2001CVQ001635-D1, in the District Court, 49th Judicial District, Webb County, Texas, and return to open session for possible action.

 

 

XV.      RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

           

70.  2002-RT-004     Authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute the FY 2003 Section 5307 Urban Transportation Grant/Contract No. 51322F1013 from the Texas Department of Transportation in the total amount of $500,000.00 and providing for grant/contract funds to be deposited in the City of Laredo Transit Fund.

 

71.             Consideration to award a three (3) year contract to Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Akron, Ohio, in the estimated amount of $152,610.00 for providing tires to be used for Laredo Metro, Inc., (44) buses and (25) para-transit vehicles.

 

72.             Consideration of award of contracts FY 02-109 for two-year service agreements with Andy’s Auto Repair and Supply and Thermo King of Laredo for providing bus and van fleet air conditioning service for the City of Laredo’s Transit Department. Funding is available in the Transit budget.

 

73.             Consideration to award contract number FY 02-134 to the low bidder Shadeports, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $36,176.00 for the installation of twenty-seven bus stop shade structures for the Transit System.  Funding is available in the Transit System budget.

 

74.             Consideration to authorize the City Manager to implement a new Loop 20 route for a 3-month trial basis and report back to City Council with ridership information and recommendations.  The Loop 20 route will initiate service from August 24, 2002 through November 22, 2002  and will consist of sixteen bus hours per day.  The total net operating costs for the Loop 20 route is estimated at $53,064.00 of which $22,404.80 will be expensed in FY 2001-2002 Transit operating budget and $30,659.20 will be expensed in FY 2002-2003 Transit operating budget.

 

75.             Authorizing an additional public service contract between Texas A & M International University and Laredo Metro, Inc., in consideration of which TAMIU agrees to pay $55.14 per hour to subsidize the operating costs for the additional bus services.

 

XVI.   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, July 31, 2002 at 8:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary