CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2002-R-023

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

DECEMBER 2, 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

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

 

Communiqués

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

           

a.             Appointment by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores of Pete Saenz, Jr., Rene Herrera, Arturo Santos, and Jose Lara to the Laredo Affordable Housing Corporation.  


VII.      PUBLIC HEARINGS

           

1.                Public hearing and introduction of an ordinance concerning an application by E.G. Ranch, Ltd., altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 214.90 acres, located in Porcion 32 and 33 as further described by metes and bounds in Attachment "A", specifically the E.G. Ranch Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing 8.31 acres as M-1 (Light Manufacturing District), 8.31 acres as B-3 (Community Business District), 143.71 acres as R-2 (Multi-family Residential District) and 54.57 acres as B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed annexation and approval of the proposed initial zoning of R-2, B-1 and B-3 and denial of the proposed initial zoning of M-1.

 

2.                Public hearing and introduction of an ordinance concerning an application by Mr. Rene Soliz and Mr. A.R. Sanchez, Jr., altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 83.0116 acres, located in Porcion 32 as further described by metes and bounds in Attachment "A", specifically the Las Misiones Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing 83.0116 acres as R-1A (Single-family Reduced Area District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed annexation and approval of the proposed initial zoning of R-1A.

 

3.                Public hearing and introduction of an ordinance concerning an application by Librado Piña & Lilia Piña Family Partnership, altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 120.13. acres, located in Porcion 7 and 8 as further described by metes and bounds in Attachment "A", specifically the Piña Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing 120.13 acres as M-1 (Light Manufacturing District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed annexation and approval of the proposed initial zoning of M-1.

 

4.                Public hearing and introduction of an ordinance concerning an application by Mr. Humberto Treviño, Jr., altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 5.00 acres, located in Porcion 31 as further described by metes and bounds in Attachment "A", specifically the Treviño Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing 5.00 acres as B-4 (Highway Commercial District). The Planning & Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed annexation and approval of the proposed initial zoning of B-4.

 

5.                Public hearing and introduction of an ordinance concerning an application by the City of Laredo, altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 607.02 acres, located in Porcion 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and surveys 743 and 2113 as further described by metes and bounds in Attachment "A", specifically the IH 35 Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing 607.02 acres as B-4 (Highway Commercial District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed annexation and approval of the proposed initial zoning of B-4.

 

6.                Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $50,000.00 from the Texas Department of Health for the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Project Case Management of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning October 1, 2002 through June 30, 2003.  This grant includes funds for an existing Case Manager/Registered Nurse II position.

 

7.                Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $39,000.00 from the Texas Department of Health for the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Screening Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning October 1, 2002 through June 30, 2003.

 

8.                Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo 2002-2003 budget by increasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $26,667.00 (from $13,333.00 to $40,000.00) for the Hepatitis C Screening Project of the City of Laredo Health Department and extending the contract period from September 1, 2002 through December 31, 2002 to September 1, 2002 through August 31, 2003.

 

9.                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) providing for charges for the duplication of medical records (to include a fee for a notarized affidavit); amending the City of Laredo Health Department budget for fiscal year 2003 and appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $3,360.00 which will be generated revenues from these fees to the Maternal and Child Health Program to continue with the scope of services; and providing for severability, effective date and publication.

 

10.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 19, Motor Vehicle and Traffic, Article VIII, Stopping, Standing or Parking, of the Code of Ordinances, City of Laredo:  specifically adding Section 19-364(4) which establishes the Southside of Shiloh Drive, between Shalom Circle and Fox Lane, as a No Parking /Tow Away Zone between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, providing for effective date and publication.

 

11.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo’s Code of Ordinances Chapter 2, Article II, Sec. 2-16, which sets forth the department of the City, by restructuring the Public Works Department whereby the Sanitation Division and the Landfill Division will become the Landfill/Sanitation Department; the Fleet Division will become a division of the Traffic Department; and the remaining Public Works Divisions will become divisions of the Engineering Department which will be renamed the Engineering/Public Works Department; and placing the Building Inspections Department as a division under the Planning and Zoning Department; and providing for an effective date.

 

12.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo fiscal year 2002-2003 annual budget by creating one new full time teller supervisor position to oversee the five tellers operating the Riverfront Parking Lot facility at a cost of $34,893.92 which includes salary and benefits which will be paid from the fund balance and $2,500.00 for computer hardware and software, and providing for effective date and publication.

 

VIII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

13.       A.        Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

1.               Status report regarding brick pavers on Clark Boulevard median and possibly placing pavers or stamped concrete on an additional six blocks of the median, with possible action.

           

B.        Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

1.               Discussion with possible action regarding speed humps on Belair.

 

2.               Report by Administrative Services Department regarding citizens who reported flood damage after Hurricane Fay in September, 2002.

 

3.               Discussion with possible action on the El Metro Lift Program with comments by Dr. Judson Sommerville.

 

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

1.               Discussion with possible action  regarding creek drainage improvements in District VII.

 

D.        Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

1.      Discussion with possible action regarding the preparation of a Resolution to alleviate the congestion for pedestrians crossing the international bridge by making improvements to the buildings.

 

2.      Discussion with possible action regarding taxi operations at Jarvis Plaza to possibly permit only Mr. Juan Medina's taxi cabs to park around Jarvis Plaza with a maximum of eight taxi cabs.

 

3.      Discussion with possible action to allow River Drive Mall to use the parking facility located between Santa Maria and Davis for River Drive Mall customers on Saturdays only for the month of December, 2002.

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

14.           Authorizing an amendment to each of the following two contracts with Metro Affordable Housing Corporation:  1.  Contract for the use of 20 lots by Metro Affordable Housing Corporation and Contract for HOME Investment Partnership Program/Community Housing Development Organization Funds (DCD 1998), to extend the period for construction of the remaining ten of the twenty lots from December 31, 2002 to no later than December 31, 2003; and authorizing the City Manager to execute a subordination of lien for the interim construction loan from bank for the ten (10) lots remaining.

 

15.           Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for approximately 1,313 square feet constituting office space located at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for two (2) years commencing on December 1, 2002, and ending November 30, 2004.  Monthly rent shall be $3,111.18.  The premises are leased in an “as is” condition and TSA will be responsible for making all modifications and improvements, as may be necessary; providing for an effective date.

 

16.           Designating as a one-way westbound that section of Moctezuma Street, Block numbers 400, 500, and 600 between San Jorge Avenue on the east of San Dario Avenue on the west, providing for the installation of appropriate signs to indicate one-way traffic in the west direction and providing for publication and effective date.

 

17.           Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Subordination, Non-Disturbance and Attornment Agreement between the City of Laredo, as Landlord, General Electric Capital Business Asset Funding Corporation, a Delaware corporation, as Mortgage, and Fedlaredo Partnership, LP, a Pennsylvania limited partnership, as Tenant, thereby subordinating the lease agreement authorized by Ordinance No. 2001-O-042 dated February 20, 2001 and assigned on November 4, 2002 as authorized by Ordinance No. 2002-O-285, at the Laredo International Airport to the Lender’s mortgage.

 

18.           Authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to the lease agreement approved by Ordinance No. 98-o-053 dated February 17, 1998, between the City of Laredo, as Lessor, and UETA of Texas, Inc., a subsidiary of Duty Free International, Inc., as Lessee, to amend the lease area at the Laredo International Airport Passenger Terminal and rental obligation, extend the term of the agreement by 30 months, consolidate duty free and news/gift shop merchandise, provide for additional modifications and improvements to the new leased area and amend hours of operation, providing for effective date.

 

X.        FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

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2002-O-297   Amending the Zoning Ordinance map of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit to Templo Rosa de Saron, Pastor Hector Patiño for the communication tower in place on Block 719, Western Division, located at the 3300 Block of Anna Avenue; providing for publication and effective date.  (As amended)

 

2002-O-298   Amending the Zoning Ordinance map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 3.1570 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A,” located north of Shiloh Drive and west of McPherson Road, R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2002-O-299   Accepting a direct aid grant from the Loan Star Libraries Program of the Texas State Library in the amount of $22,323.00 to purchase new computer hardware and amending the City of Laredo fiscal year 2002-2003 annual budget by decreasing the reserve appropriation amount by $2,667.00.

 

2002-O-300   Amending the FY 2002-2003 Fire Prevention and Arson Budget by accepting a donation of $400.00 from Sam’s Club Foundation and appropriating said funds to purchase fire safety educational promotional materials for the Fire Department Prevention Division.

 

2002-O-301   Authorizing the City Manager to amend Ordinance #2002-O-224 to accept a supplemental grant in the amount of $29,200.00 from the Texas Automobile Theft Prevention Authority and to amend the City of Laredo’s FY 2002-2003 annual budget in the amount of $29,200.00.  This supplemental grant of $29,200.00 is 100% funded at no cost to the City. The Texas Automobile Theft Prevention Authority will now be designating $428,492.00, the City of Laredo will be designating $78,858.00, and Webb County will be designating $31,464.00 in matching funds for a total grant amount of $538,814.00. The funding period for this grant is from September 1, 2002 through August 31, 2003.

 

2002-O-302   Authorizing the City Manager to implement a $5.00 monthly fee to charge per participant for aerobic classes provided by the City of Laredo Health Department Buena Vida Program at the City’s Parks and Recreation Centers and other community sites, and to appropriate revenues to the Health Department/Health Education Division expense account.

 

2002-O-303   Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo’s Full-Time Equivalent positions by reclassifying the position of Health Educator (1.0 FTE) to three (3) part-time (1.51 FTE) Community Service Aides positions at 30 hours each per week for 35 weeks; and, deleting a 1 Program Promotion Specialist and 1 Health Educator Assistant under the Laredo Obesity Program Prevention and Control Project (LOPAC) funded by the Texas Department of Health. This amendment will have no financial impact on the budget.

 

2002-O-304   Amending Section 1 of Ordinance No. 93-O-128, modifying the sliding fee scale and implementing a co-pay for clinic health services provided at the Maternal and Child Health (M&CH) Program of the City of Laredo Health Department; exempting persons that are indigent; appropriating revenues to the M&CH Program as per Texas Department of Health’s program income guidelines.  Federal and State regulations remain unchanged for services provided by this program.

 

2002-O-305   Accepting a grant awarded by the South Texas Development Council in the amount of $18,000.00 and amending the City of Laredo’s FY 2002-2003 Annual Budget for the NPDES Fund by appropriating the said grant revenue to the appropriate expenditure accounts.  The grant monies will be used for the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program.

 

2002-O-306   Amending, adding, and repealing certain subsections, paragraphs, sections of Chapter 2, Article II, Division 5, sections 2-87.1 (Definitions), 2-87.2 (Appeal Procedures), 2-87.3 (Grievance Procedures), 2-87.4 (Appeals And Grievance Committee), 2-87.5 (Freedom From Reprisal) of the Code of Ordinances of City of Laredo, except as otherwise stated in any collective bargaining agreement and providing for an effective date of January 1, 2003.

 

2002-O-307   Authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to the lease agreement between the City of Laredo (Airport), as Lessor, and Dairy Process, Inc., as Lessee, as approved by Ordinance No. 2002-O-141 dated July 1, 2002, specifically amending Section 1.09 titled “Use and Use Conflict” in order to add medical clinic and/or medical related uses are allowable uses for the leased premises.  All other terms and conditions remain unchanged and in effect; providing for effective date. 

 

2002-O-308   Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement between the City of Laredo, as Lessor, and Clemente M. Bedia, as Lessee for approximately 624.77 sq. ft. of building and space to be used as a Woman, Infant and Children (WIC) Food Store at the area commonly known as 2300 Saltillo, part of the South Laredo Pool Park site, for a term of one year at a monthly rental rate of $300.00 per month.

 

2002-O-309   Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement between the City of Laredo, as Lessor, and Webb County, as Lessee, authorized by Ordinance No. 2001-O-176 dated August 20, 2001 in order to delete Building No. 1229 effective August 1, 2002.  Said amendment will amend, specifically, Section 1.01 titled “Lease Area” deleting Building No. 1229, therefore decreasing the square footage from 4,378 to 2,378.  Amending Section 1.04 titled “Rent Obligation” decreasing the monthly rent from $1,825.73 to $1,100.00.  All other terms and conditions remain unchanged and in effect; providing for an effective date.

 

2002-O-310   Closing as public easements those sections of:

·        Maryland Avenue between Market and South right-of-way line of Guatemozin Street, including its intersections with Cortez and Guatemozin Streets;

·        Cortez between Springfield and Lexington Avenues; and

·        Guatemozin Street between Springfield and Lexington Avenues;

all situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas and providing for effective date.

 

2002-O-311   Authorizing the City Manager to execute the necessary document to grant an easement and right-of-way of a parcel of land containing 910 square feet and another parcel of land containing 1,268 square feet, more or less, to AEP Central Power and Light Company, for the installation of certain electrical service facilities to serve the Jefferson Street Water Plant in Laredo, Texas.  Said easement 910 sq.ft. and 1,268 sq.ft. tract of land being situated within the City of Laredo’s “Jefferson Street” Water Treatment Plant in Webb County, Texas; being generally described below, and more particularly described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A,” and providing for an effective date.

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

20.  2002-R-105      Declaring the public necessity of acquiring the “Surface Only” of a 2,032.82 square feet tract of land which is presently being used by the City as part of a drainage canal, which tract is described in the attached Exhibit “A”; and accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 4,160.84 square feet tract of land, which tract is described in the attached Exhibit “B”; and authorizing the City Manager to accept for the City the Warranty Deed and Deed of Gift for the total of 6,193.66 square feet or a 0.1422 acre as shown in attached Exhibit “C; and which 0.1422 acre tract is described in that Exhibit; and rescinding Resolution No. 2001-R-094 on the same subject.

 

21.  2002-R-106      Authorizing the City Manager to apply for a supplemental grant award in the amount of $147,600.00 for the Laredo Multi-Agency Narcotics Task Force.  The supplemental award is 100% funded by the Criminal Justice Division of the Governor’s Office.  Funding will be used to pay salaries, fringe benefits, direct operating expenses, and equipment from June 1, 2002 through May 31, 2003.

 

22.  2002-R-107      Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) in the amount of $15,000.00 with no matching funds.  Funds will be used to fund an environmental education program for elementary school children.

 

23.  2002-R-108      Expressing support for proposals submitted by the City of Laredo on behalf of the Laredo Independent School District for Safe Routes to Schools (SRS) Program funding, with match contribution to be provided by the school district, for proposed improvements to and around Raymond & Tirza Martin High School, J.W. Nixon High School and Dr. Leo Cigarroa High School.

 

24.  2002-R-109      Relating to the establishment of the City of Laredo 250th Anniversary Commission to plan, coordinate and execute all celebrations relating to Laredo’s 250th anniversary.

 

25.  2002-R-110      Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant with the Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division. The Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division will be funding 90% of the Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grant and the City of Laredo will be designating 10% in matching funds.  Funding will be used to pay for the salaries and fringe benefits of an Administrative Assistant II and to purchase necessary supplies in support of the juvenile program.

 

26.  2002-R-112      Appointing D.J. Utterback, Fernando Mendiola, Carmen Guerra, A.B. Barrera, Ronald E. Laduque and Luis Guerra to the Laredo Convention & Visitor Bureau Advisory Committee effective on this date.

 

 

 

 

XII.      MOTIONS

 

27.           Consideration to authorize the City Manager to execute  renewal contracts for Legislative Consultants Services to represent the City in legislative issues affecting the City of Laredo in Austin, Texas  and Washington, D.C. The contracts include:

1.      Martinez & Associates  for an additional nine (9) months from February 1, 2003 through October 1, 2003 at a cost of $5,000.00 per month plus out of pocket expenses up to $3,500.00;

2.      McWilliams & Associates for the period of October 1, 2002 through September 30, 2003 at a monthly cost of $4,500.00;

3.      Government Relations, Inc., for the period of November 1, 2002 through October 1, 2003 at a monthly cost of $7,500.00 plus reimbursement for travel and related costs, subject to prior approval by the City.

Funding is available in the FY 2002-2003 General Fund Budget.

 

28.           Consideration to reschedule the City Council meetings of January 2003 from January 6, 2003  to January 13, 2003 and from January 20, 2003 to January 27, 2003.

 

29.           Consideration for the approval of the selection of consultant W.D. Schock Company, Inc., Nashville, Tennessee, for the provision of residential sound reduction services, as part of the City of Laredo International Airport Noise Compatibility Program and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund.

 

30.           Consideration for approval of amendment no. 2 an increase of $132,815.00 to the professional services contract with Howland Engineering & Surveying Company, Laredo, Texas, for the Ejido Avenue Extension Project (44 feet wide roadway section on a 90 feet wide right-of-way) surveys, design, preparation plans, specifications and cost estimates.  Funding is available in the Ejido Street Extension Project.

 

31.           Consideration for approval change order no. 2 an increase of $7,211.49 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the City Park at E. San Francisco Ave. - Eistetter St. and approval of final payment in the amount of $34,464.88 to Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $552,279.19.  Funding is available in the San Francisco/Eistetter Park Project.  

 

32.           Consideration for approval of final Change Order No. 6 a decrease of $37,146.94 for the balance quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the Jacaman Road Extension project and approval of final payment of $217,629.14 to Brothers Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $2,717,561.84.  Funding is available in the  Retainage Payable line items.

 

33.           Consideration to ratify Change Orders No. 2 and 3 for an amount of $20,333.00 and approval of final Change Order No. 5 an increase of $28,031.34 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the McPherson Avenue Widening (Canal to Saunders U.S. Highway 59) and approval of final payment in the amount of $190,539.53 to Ramos Industries, Pasadena, Texas.  Final contract amount is $697,820.02.  Funding is available in the 2000 A C.O. Issue McPherson Widening Phase I.

 

34.           Consideration to award software maintenance contract to the sole source provider, H.T.E., Inc., Lake Mary, FL, in the amount of $25,500.00.  This maintenance contract will provide customer support and service for the Police Department’s computer aided dispatch system, crackdown software, Fire Department’s computer aided dispatch system and Fire Management System.  Funding is available in the Police and Fire Department budgets.

 

35.           Consideration to award supply contract number FY02-003 to the following low bidders:  Libcon, Inc. d/b/a Leyendecker Materials, Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $1,064,750.00 for the purchase of asphalt, emulsions, black base, sand and gravel; City Ready Mix, Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $183,500.00 for the purchase of ready mix cement; GSAC, Houston, Texas in the estimated amount of $9,300.00 for the purchase of asphalt oils and 4G Asphalt d/b/a Big Buck Asphalt, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $7,500.00, for the purchase of sand.  These will be the primary vendors for the purchase of materials required for all city paving and construction projects.  The contract pricing for asphalt is approximately 4% higher than the previous contract price and concrete is approximately 4% less.

 

36.           Consideration to award annual contract number FY 02-015 to the low bidders JJJ International Safety, Laredo, Texas in the base amount of $16,414.00, Air Gas, Laredo, Texas in the amount of $4,162.50, Alamo Iron Works, San Antonio, Texas in the base amount of $842.25, and Laredo Hardware, Laredo, Texas in the base amount of $309.00 for the purchase of safety products for all operations.  Contract pricing has been established for safety products such as safety belts, vests, safety glasses, rain suits, hard hats, traffic cones, warning flags, water coolers, and gloves.  These items will be purchased throughout the year by all departments on an as needed basis.

 

37.           Consideration to award a three-year contract (FY03-001) to Metrocall, in the estimated contract amount of $49,651.25 for providing pager service for all City departments.  The contract award is based on the use of 475 pagers.  The City will be exchanging the current pagers for new pagers.  The new contract pricing is approximately 43% less than the previous contract amount.  The new contract includes the purchase of new pagers and the monthly service fee for local and extended coverage.  All services will be secured on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the user departmental budgets.

 

38.           Consideration to award contract number FY03-019 to the low bidder, JJJ International Safety, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $27,000.00 for the purchase of containers for used oil.  These containers will be given to the general public as part of the recycling program.  A used oil recycling grant has been secured to purchase these items.

 

39.           Consideration to approve Change Order No. 2 in the amount of $126,885.39 to Lambda Construction Company for the Jefferson Street High Service Pump Station construction project to pay for replacement of one (1) 48” and one (1) 36” butterfly valves for the plants existing clearwell no. 1 Change Order No. 2 will provide for a change in contract times from 310 calendar days of substantial completion to 314 days, and 340 days until final payment to 344 days.

 

40.           Authorizing the City Manager to reject the bids received on the annual contract for maintenance of illumination systems along Interstate 35, Loop 20, and FM 1472 and re- advertise for bids. 

 

41.           Consideration to authorize the City Manager to sell surplus equipment to our Sister Cities of Cienega de Flores, Nuevo Leon and Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon. 

 

XIII.     STAFF REPORTS

 

42.           Presentation by Rene Gonzalez regarding legislative update plan.

 

43.           Staff report regarding Municipal Court monthly revenues generated.

 

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.

 

44.           Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072 in order to deliberate the possible purchase, lease or value of three parcels of land because deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the City Council in negotiations with third persons, and relating to (1) tract of land for the purpose of acquiring park land; (2) a tract of land for the purpose of acquiring land for a future landfill; and (3) a tract of land of possible value for transit system maintenance facilities; and return to open session for possible action and direction to staff.

 

45.           Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code §551.071(1)(A) to consult with City Attorney regarding pending litigation, namely, Civil Action No. L02 CV 21, City of Laredo, Texas v. United States General Services Administration; Administrator Stephen A. Perry, in his official and individual capacities; et. al.; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Laredo Division; and Cause No.2002-CVQ-001309-D2; City of Laredo, Texas v. Texas Transportation Commission; Commissioner of Transportation, John W. Johnson, in his official and individual capacities; et al.; In the 111th District Court of Webb County, Texas; and return to open session for possible action.

 

46.           Request for executive session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071(A)& (B) for consultation with the City Attorney regarding settlement offer of pending litigation, being Sylvano Sanchez and Patty Cruz, as next friend of her daughter Stacie Cruz v. city of Laredo, Texas, United Independent School District, and Andrew Sansom, in his capacity as Executive Director of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Cause No. L-01-118, in the United States District Court Southern District of Texas Laredo Division; and return to open session for possible action.

 

XV.      ADJOURNMENT

 

This notice was posted at the Municipal Government Offices, 1110 Houston Street, Laredo, Texas, at a place convenient and readily accessible to the public at all times. Said notice was posted on Wednesday, November 27, 2002 at 5:30 p.m.    

 

 

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary