CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2002-R-017

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

SEPTEMBER 3, 2002

5:30 P.M.

 

DISABILITY ACCESS STATEMENT

Persons with disabilities who plan to attend this meeting and who may need auxiliary aid or services are requested to contact Gustavo Guevara, City Secretary at (956) 791-7308 at least two working days prior to the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made.  The accessible entrance and accessible parking spaces are located at City Hall, 1100 Victoria Ave.

 

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 I.         CALL TO ORDER

 

II.         PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

III.        ROLL CALL

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

a.      Recognition of City of Laredo employees for raising the most funds in the 500+ employees category for the 2002 Walk America March of Dimes Campaign.

 

Communiqués

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

a.      Appointment by Council Member Johnny Amaya of Jose R. Ortiz to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee.

 


VII.             PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.                  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Section 24.63.2, Permitted Land Uses of the Laredo Land Development Code to designate Children’s Amusement Services (Outdoors) as an allowable land use in a  B-3 (Community Business District), B-4 (Highway Commercial District), M-1 (Light Manufacturing District), M-2 (Heavy Manufacturing District), and MXD (Mixed Use Development District); and Appendix A, Definitions; and providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of this ordinance amendment.

 

2.                  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 1825, Eastern Division, located at 2201 Lyon Street, from R-1 (Single Family 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.

 

3.                  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 9 and 10, Block 118, Western Division, located at 617 and 619 Victoria Street, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

4.                  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1 and the west ½ of Lot 2, Block 1141, Eastern Division, located at 2001 Clark Blvd., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-O (Residential-Office District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change.

 

5.                  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 21.62 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A,” located south of Bob Bullock Loop, west of Sandia Drive and north of San Isidro Parkway, from AG (Agricultural 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.

 

6.                  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 1.83 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A,” located south of Emerald Hills Subdivision, Phase I and southeast of Dorel Drive, from R-1MH (Single Family Manufactured Housing District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

7.                  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute an Interlocal Government Agreement between the City of Laredo and Laredo Independent School District (LISD) for the participation of the City of Laredo Police Department School Resource Officer Program and to accept reimbursement in the amount of $367,000.00 from LISD and to amend the City of Laredo’s FY 2001-2002 annual budget in the amount of $367,000.00.  The Laredo Police Department will provide eight (8) officers that will be assigned to various middle and high schools, and LISD will reimburse the City of Laredo up to three hundred sixty seven thousand dollars ($367,000.00) for the FY 2002-2003 school year. 

 

8.                  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 Veterans Field Fund Annual Budget by amending and appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $35,000.00 from the West Martin Ticket Sales and amending and appropriating the expenditures for the Tecolotes de Los Dos Laredos contract by $35,000.00.  The transfer is to fulfill contractual obligations regarding payment for services rendered during playoff games.

 

9.                  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 19 Motor Vehicle and Traffic, Article VIII: Stopping, Standing or Parking of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo; specifically amending Section 19-364(2) which establishes no parking anytime/tow away zones in the area of the Riverfront Parking Lot adjacent to Bridge I; providing for publication and effective date.

 

10.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance accepting a grant by the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s US-Mexico Border Program in the amount of $25,000.00 with the City designating $1,316.00 in matching funds for a total of $26,316.00 and amending the City of Laredo’s 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 to implement two Computer Electronic Collection Events.  Matching funds are available in the NPDES Fund.

 

11.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances as follows:  Chapter 2, Article II, Division 6 (Pay Administration), Section 2-87.7 (12)(a) except as otherwise stated in any collective bargaining agreement and providing for an effective of September 29, 2002.

 

12.             Public hearing for the adoption of a tax rate of $0.630534 per $100.00 value.  This is to provide revenue for General Fund for Maintenance and Operation and for the payment on Debt Service.  This rate includes $0.484758 per $100 value for Maintenance and Operation and $0.145776 for the Interest and Sinking Fund of the Debt Service and will produce a tax levy of $35,010,831.00.

 

13.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance to adopt the Annual Budget for Fiscal Year 2002-2003; appropriating the estimated revenues, expenditures and balances reported therein for the year beginning October 1, 2002 and ending September 30, 2003, consistent with the financial plan described in said annual budget; and authorizing the City Manager to implement said annual budget.

 

14.             Public hearing and adoption of Resolution 2002-R-075 adopting the 2003-2007 Capital Improvement Program for the City of Laredo.

 

15.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept funds and amend the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 annual budget in the amount of $20,000.00 from the Texas Department of Health-Office of Border of Health for the Border Health Conference of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning July 1, 2002, through September 30, 2002.  These funds were awarded specifically for the “Los Dos Laredos” Bi-National Health Conference that will be held on September 18-19, 2002.

 

16.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2001-2002 Bridge Fund annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $340,000.00 and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.  Funds are available from the collection of overweight penalty fees for Fiscal Year 2001-2002.

 

17.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2001-2002 Airport Fund annual budget to recognize additional revenues from a grant received from the Federal Aviation Administration being grant project no. 3-48-0136-34-02 in the amount of $6,332,000.00 for the purpose of acquiring land for noise mitigation, constructing a portion of the east side air cargo apron, complete construction of parallel Taxiway J, acquire finger printing equipment and install CCTV monitoring cameras and related security equipment at the Laredo International Airport.  The City’s ten (10%) percent local match for this project in the amount of $703,556.00 is available in the Airport Land Reimbursement Account. 

 

18.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 01-02 Airport Construction Fund Budget by appropriating revenues & expenditures of $170,035.00 and transferring an additional amount of $563,130.00 from the Airport Construction Fund to the Airport Operations Budget.  The transfer consists of $400,000.00 from additional interest earnings and $163,130.00 from Land Sale Proceeds.

 

19.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2001-2002 Airport Budget to recognize additional revenues and expenditures resulting from a Law Enforcement Personnel Agreement with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), in the amount of $250,098.00.  The purpose of the agreement 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; providing for an effective date.

 

VIII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

20.       A.        Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

 

1.      Status report on Inner City Park.

 

2.      Status report on Buena Vista traffic study.

 

3.      Discussion and possible action on Allende Street traffic study, including cost estimates.

 

B.        Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

                                   

1.      Discussion with possible action regarding the animal control investigation report.

 

2.      Discussion with possible action regarding employee use and purchase of City vehicles.

 

3.      Discussion with possible action regarding the Convention and Visitors Bureau parking lot.

 

4.      Discussion with possible action on establishing an ordinance to regulate activity (location and parking) associated with the exportation of used vehicles.

         

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

21.             Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Comision Mexico-Americano Para la Erradicacion Del Gusano Barrenador (USDA) for approximately 19,765 square feet constituting Building No. 1308 located at 4305 Maher Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for five (5) years commencing on June 1, 2002 and ending on May 31, 2007.  Monthly rent shall be $6,901.00 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

22.             Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a lease agreement between Laredo Metro, Inc., and the City of Laredo Department of Community Development for the lease of 6,628 sq. ft. of building space at the Laredo Transit Center located at 1301 Farragut, second and third floors (East) for a monthly sum of $4,088.15.  The monthly base rate will be amended annually according to consumer price index.

 

X.        FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

23.      2002-O-211   Amending the Land Development Code to provide for permitted use in M-1 and M-2 Zones for sexually oriented businesses subject to the conditions specified in sections 24.65.15 and 24.65.16; to amend the Section 24.63.2 in order to delete references on pages IV-14, IV-15, and IV-28 to any kind of sexually oriented businesses; to amend Section 24.62.5 by deleting reference to sexually oriented businesses; to delete Section 24.93.1(b) which mentioned sexually oriented businesses; to delete Section 24.93.7 pertaining to special subsections 34.93.71 to 24.93.28 inclusive , dealing with licensing and regulation of sexually oriented businesses; providing for publication; and providing for effective date.

 

2002-O-212   Adding Chapter 18A to the Code of Ordinances to provide for the regulation and licensing of sexually oriented businesses; to provide for definitions; to provide for classification of said businesses; to provide for an annual licensing fee; to provide for Police Chief as the enforcement authority in granting, refusing, suspending or revoking licenses; to provide for appeal to the City Manager from adverse decision of the enforcement officer; to provide penalties for violation; providing for publication and effective date.

 

2002-O-213   Authorizing the City Manager to amend the 2001-2002 annual budget in the amount of $92,866.00 for the Laredo Multi Agency Narcotics Task Force.  Funding is available from the opening balance of the Narcotics Task Force Fund (224) and will be used to pay overtime and benefits for the period of September 3, 2002 through May 31, 2003.

 

2002-O-214   Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 4, Block 179, Eastern Division, located at 3518 and 3520 McDonnell Avenue from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2002-O- 215  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning the R-3 (Mixed Residential District) designated portion of Lot 6, Kahn Subdivision, located at 9505 Mines Road, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2002-O-216   Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by amending Ordinance 95-O-014 and authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit to R.C. Kahn Enterprises, Ltd. to revise the site plan of the existing manufactured housing park on Lot 6, Kahn Subdivision, located at 9505 Mines Road; providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2002-O-217   Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 1, San Isidro Monarch Subdivision, Unit 1, located at 2445 Monarch Drive, from B-3 (Community Business District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2002-O- 218  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit to Vaquillas Windsor, Ltd. for town homes on Lot 1, Block 1, San Isidro Monarch Subdivision, Unit 1, located at 2445 Monarch Drive; providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2002-O-219   Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning all of Block 687, Western Division, located at the 2300 block of Bruni Street, from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2002-O-220   Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1 and 2, Block 1215, Eastern Division, located at 2101 Chihuahua Street, from R-O (Residential-Office District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  (As amended)

 

2002-O-221   Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit to Jese Trevino for the overnight storage of commercial vehicles related to an air-conditioning business on the north 50 feet of the north ½ of Lot 12, Block 307, Eastern Division, located at 2407 Cedar Street; providing for publication and effective date.  (As amended)

 

2002-O-222   Authorizing the City Manager to amend the contract with the Texas Department of Health by extending the grant period for the Mi Futuro (My Future) Abstinence Education Program of the City of Laredo Health Department from September 1, 2001, through August 31, 2002, to September 1, 2001, through September 30, 2002.  No additional funds are involved.

 

2002-O-223   Amending the City of Laredo 2001-2002 budget by increasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $17,430.00 from the Texas Department of Health for the Tuberculosis Community Health Worker-Promotora Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning June 1, 2002 through December 31, 2002.

 

2002-O-224   Amending the City of Laredo’s FY 2001-2002 annual budget in the amount of $509,614.00 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 for a total of $509,614.00 for a one year funding period program beginning September 1, 2002 through August 31, 2003.

 

2002-O-225   Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey fee simple title to the “Surface Only” at its combined adjusted market value of $4,848.00, for certain properties described as follows to their respective abutting property owners and providing for an effective date.

Parcel A - consisting of a 900.32 sq. ft. parcel of land, more or less, to Jesus Villanueva Blanco, Petra Vega de Villanueva, Jesus Villanueva Vega and Francisco Villanueva Vega at its total adjusted market value of $2,094.00; said parcel being out that former section of Malinche Avenue between Pecan and San Salvador Streets; being described on attached Exhibit “A”;

Parcel B – consisting of a 1,140.27 sq. ft. parcel of land, more or less, to Cesar Santos at its local adjusted market value of $2,754.00; said parcel being out of that former section of Malinche Avenue between Pecan and San Salvador Streets; being described on attached Exhibit “B”; said parcels being situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

24.  2002-R-073        Adopting a new health benefits rate structure by increasing all medical contribution amounts by twenty percent (20%) for the City of Laredo and for all persons covered under the City of Laredo’s medical plan, unless otherwise provided in a collective bargaining agreement and providing for an effective date of October 1, 2002.

 

25.  2002-R-074        Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program and to accept a grant in the amount of $6,332,000.00 for the purpose of acquiring land for noise mitigation, constructing a portion of the east side air cargo apron, completing construction of parallel Taxiway J, acquiring finger printing equipment, and installing CCTV monitoring cameras and related security equipment at the Laredo International Airport.  The City’s ten (10%) percent local match for this project in the amount of $703,556.00 is available in the Airport Land Reimbursement Account.

 

26.  2002-R-076        Authorization to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding in support of and commitment to the goals of the Los Dos Laredos Clean Cities Program Plan.  This Plan will be subsequently submitted to the United States Department of Energy for approval and designation as a clean city.

 

XII.      MOTIONS

 

27.             Consideration to set a date of September 16, 2002, to introduce an Ordinance for the adoption of the tax rate of 2002. 

 

28.             Consideration to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder, Bruton Gomez & Company, Corpus Christi, Texas, for the Bridge II Re-Roofing Project in the base amount of $137,000.00.  Funding is available in the Bridge System Toll Plaza Improvements.

 

29.             Consideration for approval of change order no. 2 a decrease of $24,929.00 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the CDBG Sidewalks Project No. 20 (43 Blocks), and approval of final payment in the amount of $22,218.75 to Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $205,312.50.  Funding is available in the Community Development 27th Action Year/2001 Grant School Sidewalks.

 

30.             Consideration to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder, Brothers Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the San Francisco Xavier Road Street Improvements in the bid amount of $618,791.44.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvements Project-Street Improvements-Rivers Road/San Francisco Xavier Project and Community Development – 25th Action Year San Francisco/Xavier Road Improvements.

 

31.             Consideration to award a contract to Arcadis, Laredo, Texas, for $406,419.00 to design the Colonias Mines Road Wastewater Collection System and Wastewater Treatment Plant. This project is funded by the North American Development Bank.  Funds are available in the Colonias Fund Project Engineer Fees.

 

32.             Consideration to award a contract to Crane Engineering, Corp., Laredo, Texas, for $169,446.60 to design the 16” water line extension along Hwy 359 from the existing South Laredo Elevated Storage Tank to the Colonia Los Tanquecitos.  This project is funded by the North American Development Bank.  Funds are available in the Colonias Fund Project Engineer Fees. 

 

33.             Consideration to award a three year contract (FY02-141) to the low bidder, Reliant Energy Entex, Laredo, Texas, for providing natural gas for the CNG fueling facility being constructed at the City’s fueling facility located at 5710 Daugherty.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Fund.

 

34.             Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Letter of Agreement between the City of Laredo and South West Texas State University’s William P. Hobby Center for Public Service to offer the Nationally Accredited Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program on site at the City of Laredo Training Facilities.

 

35.             Consideration to authorize the City Manager to sell surplus traffic and street light equipment to our Sister City Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon.

 

36.             Authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement between the City of Laredo and the law firm of Karger Key Barnes and Springer, P.C., for ongoing legal services and ratify expenditures for the legal matters pertaining to the David Leal v. City of Laredo, Texas, Cause No. 2001CVQ001208D2, in the District Court 111th Judicial District of Webb County, Texas, and the Jorge A. Almazan vs. the City of Laredo, Texas; the Laredo Chief of Police, Agustin Dovalina; Daniel Migura, Edward Sherwood, Joaquin Romero, Jr. Individually and as members of the Fire Fighter’s and Police Officers Civil Service Commission of Laredo, Cause No. 2001CVQ000869D1, in the District Court 49th Judicial District Webb County Texas.

 

37.             Consideration to rescind contract number FY01-126 awarded to Trako Cleaning Systems, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $54,591.00 for the purchase of a high-pressure washer and wash water recycling system for the Solid Waste Facility and authorize that new bids be solicited.  It was determined that the proposed wash water recycling system could not handle the heavy solids and bio materials generated from washing the refuse equipment.

 

XIII.     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.


XIV.     RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

 

38.       Consideration to approve a change order reducing the number of CNG buses being purchased from Neoplan USA, Corp., from ten (10) to eight (8).  The contract total for the eight (8) CNG buses will be $2,577,088.00 instead of $3,221,360.00.  Two of the ten vehicles were going to be purchased using Vehicle Capital Replacement Grant (VCR0108(22)522) in the amount of $724,192.00.  The Texas Department of Transportation did not permit the use of this grant to purchase these two buses.

 

XIV.   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, August 28, 2002 at 7:00 p.m.

                                                                       

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary