CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2002-R-024

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

DECEMBER 16, 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

 

Approval of the minutes of October 7, 2002, October 21, 2002 and      November 4, 2002.

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

a.         Recognition of Maria G. Soliz, Assistant Library Director for Outstanding Service as the Volunteer Tax Assistance (VITA), Site Coordinator 1998 - 2003, by IRS AREA 5, Territory Manager, Mr. Billy Hubbard.

 

b.         Recognition of members of the Laredo Commission for Women in appreciation for their years of service to the Commission.

 

Communiqués

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

a.      Appointment by Council Member Jose A. Valdez of Jesus Amezcua to the Library Advisory Committee.

 

VII.             PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.                Public hearing allowing interested persons to comment on the proposed amendment to the 2002 Consolidated Plan providing for the reprogramming of 28th Action Year (AY) Community Development Block Grant Funds (CDGB) totaling $400,000.00 to be used for the construction of two new Zero Depth Water Spray Playgrounds to be located within the area of the Farias Recreation Center and at the Lafayette Linear Park, and to eliminate funding from the 28th Action Year Community Development Block Grant for the proposed West Laredo Park.

28th AY Community Development Block Grant 

Farias Splash Playground                           $200,000.00

Lafayette Splash Playground                       $200,000.00

West Laredo Park (Cancel)             $   -0-

Total Funds Reprogrammed                       $400,000.00

 

2.                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.

 

3.                Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for townhouses on 9.9237 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located west of McPherson Road and southwest of Ranchway Drive, providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed Special Use Permit.

 

4.                Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 3.2485 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A”, located at 7060 San Bernardo Avenue, 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 approval of the proposed zone change.

 

5.                Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 31, Santa Rita Subdivision, Unit XI, located at 501 Lope de Vega Drive, from R-1A (Single Family Residential Area District) and 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.

 

6.                Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 6, 8, and 10, Block 1030, Western Division, located at 4102 Santa Maria 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 approval of the proposed zone change.

 

7.                Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 4.3876 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A”, located at the rear of 3901 East Saunders Street, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) and R-3 (Mixed 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.

 

8.                Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 2.2924 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A”, located at 6801 McPherson Road, 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.

 

9.                Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 1.4151 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A”, located west of Highway 83 and north of Santa Marta Boulevard, from B-3 (Community Business 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.

 

10.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1 through 6, Block 1066, Western Division, located at the 4300 block of San Agustin Avenue, 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 approval of proposed zone change.

 

11.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances by adopting Chapter 18, Sections 18-2-1 and 18-2-2, games and amusement devices requiring a permit for establishments operating certain game and amusement devices; requiring payment of fee prior to issuance or permit; repealing all ordinances in conflict herewith and providing for an effective date and publication. 

 

12.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a budget amendment appropriating operation funds from the Urban Transportation Grant, Section 5307 for fiscal year 2002-2003 in the amount of $41,781.00 increasing the State Operating Grant from $500,000.00 to $541,781.00 and decreasing the sales tax match from $3,825,955.00 to $3,784,174.00 and transferring $41,781.00 to sales tax reserve appropriation.  (Contingent up approval of Resolution 2002-RT-006)

 

13.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $17,833.00 in additional funds from the Texas Department of Health for the Tuberculosis Elimination Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2002 through August 31, 2003.

 

14.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo’s full-time equivalent positions by creating three (3) part-time with no benefits (1.44 FTE) Community Service Aides positions at 19.21 hours per week in the  Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) of the City of Laredo Health Department, funded by the Texas Department of Health.

 

15.           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(5) which establishes certain street sections adjacent to Shiloh Drive and to the north entrance of the United High School campus as permit parking only/tow away zones between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, providing for effective date and publication. 

 

VIII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

16.       A.        Request by Council Member Hector J. Garcia

1.      Discussion with possible action on opening the Landfill free of charge to the public on December 26, 2002 and January 2, 2003.

2.      Formal notice to the general public regarding the unlawful discharge of firearms during the holidays and status report by Police proactive measures including El Protector and Community relations unit, with possible action.

           


B.        Request by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

1.      Status report on the Casa Verde Project and the possibility of  adding lighting to the area, with possible action.

         

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

IX.               INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

17.           Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Nextel WIP Lease Corporation, a Delaware Corporation, d/b/a Nextel Partners, space on the rooftop of the Laredo Transit Center located at 1301 Farragut, Laredo, Webb County, Texas and being more fully described in Exhibit “A” of lease agreement for the installation and operation of certain antennae facilities for use with its communications business and a portion within the owned premises for the location of an equipment building and related facilities associated with the antennae facilities.

 

18.           Authorizing the City Manager to grant a license to Alestra S. De R.L. de C.V., a Mexican Corporation for the use of a telecommunication PVC conduit located at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge and the use of 47 linear feet of City right-of-way from the river bank to the 500 block of Iturbide Street, Laredo, Webb County, Texas.  License term is five (5) years commencing on January 6, 2003 and ending January 5, 2008.  Annual rent shall start at $7,600.00 with a five percent (5%) increase each anniversary date plus $5.00 per linear foot for the use of the right of way; providing for effective date.

 

19.           Authorizing the City Manager to convey fee simple of the surface only of all former streets lying within the area of Tract “A” of 51.7338 acres, and to quitclaim the balance of Tract “A” to Mexrail, Inc. and to convey fee simple of the surface only of the Tract “B” of 0.3543 acres to Mexrail, Inc. and to convey fee simple of the surface only of Tract “C” of 2.1085 acres to Mexrail, Inc. in exchange for conveyance to the City of Laredo by Mexrail, Inc. of the fee simple of the surface only of Tract “D” of 12.8617 acres, and the fee simple of the surface only of Tract “E” of 0.0072 acre, and of a sanitary sewer easement over Tract “F” of 0.8223 acre; and providing for effective date.

Said tracts being generally described below, and more particularly described on attached Exhibits “A”, “B”, “C”, “D”, “E”, and “F” respectively.

Tract “A” consisting of Aldama, Willow, Chacon, Piedra China, Green & Mercer Streets, and Maryland, Lexington, Cedar & Logan Avenues.  Said streets and avenues being situated in a 51.7338 acre tract of land consisting of City blocks and portions of the street right-of-ways, out of the area known as the “Embargo Yard”.

Tract “B” being a 0.3543 of an acre (15,434.57 sq. ft.) tract of land, more or less, out of the Aldama Street right-of-way between Logan and Tilden Avenues.

Tract “C” being a 2.1085 acre (91,845.34 sq. ft.) tract of land out of the existing right-of-way of Guatemozin & Cortez Streets between Springfield Avenue and Lexington Avenues, and Maryland Avenue between Guatemozin Street and 105.75 feet north of Cortez Street situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo provided that the City of Laredo retains the entire said tract as a utility easement.  

Tract “D” being a 12.8617 acre tract of land, more or less, also referred to as the “Riverbank Tract”.  Said tract being out of the area known as the  “Embargo Yard”.

Tract “E” being a Corner Clip consisting of a 0.0072 of an acre (312.50 sq. ft.) tract of land, more or less, out of the Southwest corner of Block 64, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas.  Said tract being out of the area known as the “Embargo Yard”.

Tract “F” being a tract of land containing 0.8223 acres (35,818.07 sq. ft.), more or less, for a 20 foot wide Sanitary Sewer Line Easement, being out of the Mexican National Construction Company, now known as the Texas Mexican Railway Company, also known as “Embargo Yard”, recorded in Volume 13, Pages 11-14, on March 12, 1884, Deed Records of Webb County, Texas.

 

X.        FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

20.

 
 


2002-O-318   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.

 

2002-O-319   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.

 

2002-O-320   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.

 

2002-O-321   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.

 

2002-O-322   Amending the City Of Laredo’s Code of Ordinances Chapter 2, Article II, Sec. 2-16, which sets forth the departments of the City, by restructuring the Public Works Department whereby the Sanitation Division and the Landfill Division will become the Solid Waste 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. (As amended)

 

2002-O-323   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.

 

2002-O-324   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.

 

2002-O-325   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.

 

2002-O-326   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.

 

2002-O-327   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.

 

2002-O-328   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.

 


XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

21.  2002-R-111      Accepting the assignment of 26.595 acre feet of municipal water rights from the balance of 337.0855 acre feet deeded to the City of Laredo by Vaquillas Ranch Company, Ltd. by applying 18.9 acre feet of municipal water rights for water availability charges and 6.195 acre feet for annexation charges in connection with the final plat of San Isidro Monarch Subdivision, Unit I; and 1.5 acre feet of municipal water rights for availability charges in connection with the final plat of Concord Hills Phase VII.

 

22.  2002-R-113      Authorizing the assignment of the Development Agreement dated February 1, 2001 between City of Laredo and Arena Ventures, L.L.C. from the latter to Arena Ventures Holdings, L.P. a Texas Limited Partnership; and authorizing the assignment of the Operating Agreement dated February 1, 2001 between City of Laredo and Arena Ventures, L.L.C. from the latter to Laredo Arena Operating, L.P., a Texas Limited Partnership; and approving an amendment to the Operating Agreement to clarify the seat usage charge.

 

23.  2002-R-114      Declaring the public necessity to acquire the “Surface Only” of one parcel of land for the construction of a City of Laredo parking lot. Said parcel consisting of Lots 2 & 4, Block 214, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and being delineated on attached copy of City plat; and authorizing staff to negotiate with the owner for the acquisition of said parcel by purchase at a market value to be established by a State Certified Real Estate Appraiser.

 

24.  2002-R-116      Authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute an Interlocal Governmental Agreement pursuant to the Vernon’s Texas Government Code, Chapter 791, between the City of Laredo and the County of Webb, in which Webb County’s law enforcement agency, namely the Webb County Sheriff’s Department and the City’s law enforcement agency, namely the Laredo Police Department, require the formation of a mutual aid law enforcement task force to mutually assist each other in the areas of traffic control, crowd control, and general law enforcement both within and beyond the city limits during the “Menudo Bowl” scheduled for January 25, 2003.

 

25.  2002-R-117      Authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute an Interlocal Governmental Agreement pursuant to the Vernon’s Texas Government Code, Chapter 791, between the City of Laredo and the County of Webb, in which Webb County’s law enforcement agency, namely the Webb County Sheriff’s Department and the City’s law enforcement agency, namely the Laredo Police Department, require the formation of a mutual aid law enforcement task force to mutually assist each other in the areas of traffic control, crowd control, and general law enforcement both within and beyond the city limits during the various Washington’s Birthday Celebration festivities scheduled for February 13, 2003 to February 23, 2003.

 

XII.      MOTIONS

 

26.           Amending the 2002 Consolidated Plan to allow for the reprogramming of 24th, 25th, and 26th Action Year (AY) Community Development Block Grant Fund balances totaling $120,840.00 to be used towards the purchase of an ambulance for the Cielito Lindo Subdivision Fire Station.  CDBG funds proposed to be reprogrammed include:

24th AY Community Development Block Grant

Three Points Park                                                     $   20,349.00

 

25th AY Community Development Block Grant

Hacienda Apartments Improvements                     $        206.00

(Cancellation of Project and reprogramming of funds)

Housing Rehab Administration                               $        440.00

 

26th AY Community Development Block Grant

Code Enforcement                                                   $   27,966.00

CD Administration                                                    $   24,520.00

Housing Rehab Administration                               $   47,359.00

 

Total Funds Reprogrammed                                   $ 120,840.00

 

 

27.           Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City’s 1997 and 1998 HOME Investment Partnerships Program - Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) Contracts with the Azteca Economic Development and Preservation Corporation (AEDPC) in the amounts of $178,950.00 and $87,850.00 respectively, to extend the contract expenditure deadlines from December 31, 2002 to May 31, 2003.  The intended use of these funds is for the construction of two duplex rental units to be located in the Azteca neighborhood.

 

28.           Consideration to approve a payment of $17,657.60 to Texas Border Infrastructure Coalition as the City’s annual assessment for the period of October 2002 through September 2003.  These dues are the City’s contribution to support the efforts of the Texas Border Infrastructure Coalition.  The Coalition’s mission is to make Legislative recommendations to help the Texas Border Region grow and prosper economically. 

 

29.           Consideration to award contract FY03-024 to the low bidder, O’Boy Service Company, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $25,000.00 for providing portable restrooms for City parks, City sponsored events, and construction job sites.  All services will be secured on an as needed basis.  Contract pricing has been secured for daily, weekend and monthly services.  Funding is available in the Public Works and Parks and Recreation department budgets.

 

30.           Consideration to ratify Change Order No. 1, 2 and 3 in the amount of $30,602.19 and approval of final payment in the amount of $39,980.56 to R.J. Cantu Designer-Builder, Inc. for the remodeling of the building at 619 Reynolds in order to establish the centralized office for the Environmental Services Department.  Final contract amount is $318,037.19.  Funding is available in the Hazmat and NPDES Funds.

 

31.           Consideration to award contract number FY 03-023 Smart Control Systems L.L.C. d/b/a Hotsy Equipment Company, San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $113,061.24 for the purchase of a high pressure washer and wash recycling system for the Solid Waste Facility.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste budget.

 

32.           Consideration to authorize the purchase of four, automated side loader refuse trucks through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (Buy Board) contract pricing in the total amount of $640,176.00.  Utilizing the Buy Board contract pricing, four auto side loader collection chassis trucks will be purchased from Rush Truck Center in the amount of $392,372.00 and four McNeilus auto side loader collection units (31 cubic yard) will be purchased from McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing, Inc. in the amount of $247,804.00.  Funding is available in the  Solid Waste Fund.

 

33.           Consideration to award contract number FY03-022, to the low bidder meeting specifications, Executive Office, Laredo, Texas in the amount of $57,541.00 for the purchase of office chairs, desks and workstations for the new Municipal Court Building.  All furniture items will be delivered within sixty days.  Funding is available in the Municipal Court budget.

 

34.           Motion authorizing the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Lineas Aereas Aztecas, S.A. de C.V. for City Conventions and Visitors Bureau to purchase from Lineas Aereas Aztecas S.A. de C.V. (“Azteca Airlines”) no more than 20 round trip airline tickets on the following flights:  Mexico City/Laredo, Texas/Mexico City or Laredo/Mexico City/Laredo, Texas.  The cost shall be $150.00 per round trip and the total contract amount shall not exceed $120,000.00 for a 15-week period and shall commence on the date specified in the contract.  Tickets purchased by City will be sold to wholesale travel and other travel agencies and used for promotional purposes, without a loss to the City.  This use of municipal hotel occupancy tax revenues is authorized by the Texas Tax Code, §351.101. Funding is in the Laredo Convention and Visitor Bureau Fund promotional line item that will be later reimbursed by the Hotel/Motel Fund.   

 

35.           Consideration to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Zacate Creek Linear Park Phases III, IV, & V Scope of Work I Sidewalks in the base bid amount of $495,500.00.  Funding is available in the  Zacate Creek Phase III, IV & V 25th  and 28th Action Year CDBG.

 

36.           Consideration for approval of engineering firm for the fueling station facility at City of Laredo Solid Waste Facility (design/build project) and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.  The Architectural and Engineering Review Committee is scheduled to make a recommendation on Friday, December 13, 2002.  

 

37.           Consideration to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder Triple A Concrete, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Sidewalk Project No. 18 (El Metro Transit System Improvements) in the base bid amount of $82,662.50.  Funding is available in the Transit System - Transit Grant No. 456 - Improvements Other Than Building.

 

38.           Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into a contract with the sole source provider, Transcore, Inc., in the amount not to exceed $162,000.00 for the toll system enhancement to increase security and audit ability of access at each of our customer service center workstations.  Funding is available in the Bridge Fund Capital Improvement Project Account. 

 

39.           Consideration to authorize the purchase of one heavy duty grapple truck through the Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) Cooperative Purchasing Program, in the total amount of $90,489.00.  This truck will be used for brush and debris pickup.  Delivery is expected within ninety to one hundred twenty days.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

40.           Authorizing the City Manager to negotiate a professional services contract to complete a Vulnerability Assessment of infrastructure security for the water system.  The Architectural and Engineering Review Committee is scheduled to make a recommendation on Friday, December 13, 2002.

 

41.           Approving monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amount to be adjusted for the month of November 2002, represents an increase of $3,961.56.  These adjustments are determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

42.           Refund of property tax the following taxpayers and companies:

a.                  A refund in the amount of $1,218.25 payable to Johnny C. Cavazos due to a double payment on the 2000 taxes.  Account #965-00005-007.

b.                  A refund in the amount of $771.09 payable to VETA, Inc. #124 due to an overpayment on account.  Account #800-21020-105.

c.                  A refund in the amount of $ 846.63 payable to Sovereign Bank due to the personal property being double-assessed for the year 2001.

d.                  A refund in the amount of $2,459.56 payable to Corona Development, L.C. due the personal property being double assessed for the years 2000 and 2001.  Account #900-90231-062.

e.                  A refund in the amount of $740.14 payable to Cameron Mineral Trust #2 c/o Gilbert Denman Trustee.  Clerical error 25.25, erroneously coded City of Laredo by Pritchard & Abbot, Inc.  Account# 0381614-1134000-RI.

 

XIII.     STAFF REPORTS

43.

 
           

A.               Status report on the CPL Road by Mr. Edward D. Garza, P.E., Crane Engineering Corporation. 

 

B.               Presentation by the Traffic Safety Department regarding the installation of wireless video cameras at the railroad crossing on FM 1472 to assist Fire and Police Departments emergency personnel to determine when a train is blocking a crossing, with possible action.

 

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

 

D.              Presentation by Dr. Hector Gonzalez, Health Department Director, regarding health assessment on Alta Vista Subdivision.

 

E.               Staff report of the Laredo International Sister Cities Festival scheduled for January 30, 2003 through February 2, 2003 by Nick Reyna, Convention and Visitors Bureau Director.

 

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 551.071 (1) (A) & (B) to consult with City Attorney to discuss pending litigation by some of the residents of Los Obispos Subdivision styled Villarreal, Martin, et al v. City of Laredo, Laredo Affordable Housing Corporation, M.G. Builders, and Frank Architects, Inc., WSCC, Inc., Cause No. 2002-CVQ-001299-D3, in the 341st District Court at Webb County, Texas, and return to open session for possible action.

 

XV.      RECESS AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL AND CONVENE AS THE     LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

 

45.  2002-RT-006                       Authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute a grant Amendment no. 1 to the FY 2002-2003 Section 5307 Urban Transportation Grant Contract No. 51322F1013 from the Texas Department of Transportation in the amount of $41,781.00 for a total grant amount of $541,781.00; and providing for grant funds to be deposited in the City of Laredo Transit Fund Accounts.

 

XVI.     ADJOURN AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD AND RECONVENE AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL

 

XVII.   ADJOURNMENT

 

This notice was posted at the Municipal Government Offices, 1110 Houston Street, Laredo, Texas, at a place convenient and readily accessible to the public at all times. Said notice was posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2002 at 6:30 p.m.

                                                           

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary