CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2003-R-08

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

APRIL 21, 2003

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 Pro-Tempore Alfredo Agredano of Reynaldo Campos to the Third Party Funding Committee.

 

b.         Appointment by Mayor Pro-Tempore Alfredo Agredano of JoEmma Sherfey to the Laredo Commission for Women.

 

VII.      PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.           Public hearing providing community residents an opportunity to comment on their housing and community needs and the projects that they wish to see funded through the 29th Action Year (AY) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the 2003 HOME Investment Partnership Grant, and the 2003 Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) in support of the preparation and submission of the 2003 Consolidated Plan to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  Also for discussion and comment, is the FY 2001-2002 Consolidated End-of-the-Year Performance Report regarding the City’s administration of HUD Programs.

 

2.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance establishing a 15% penalty on the 2002 delinquent tax accounts as of July 1, 2003, to defray costs of collection pursuant to Section 33.07 (a) of the Texas State Property Tax Code; providing for publication and effective date.

 

3.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $5,000.00 in additional funds from the Texas Association of Local Health Officials (TALHO) for the Bioterrorism Consequence Management/Automated Disease Surveillance Pilot Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning January 1, 2003 through August 1, 2003.

 

4.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 Colonias Project and Water Fund annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $281,205.00 from the Water Fund and appropriating the transfer in and expenditure in the amount of $281,205.00 for the Colonias Project Fund.

 

5.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas Combination Tax and Sewer System Revenue Certificate of Obligation, Series 2003, in the principal amount of $3,660,000.00 for the purpose of paying all or a portion of the City’s Contractual obligations for constructing, improving, and extending the City’s Sewer System, and for paying legal, fiscal, and engineering fees in connection with this project and authorizing an amendment to the City’s budget to appropriate such proceeds for the purposes authorized herein and approving an official statement and ordaining other matters relating to the subject.

 

6.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas, Public Property Finance Contractual Obligations, Series 2003, in the principal amount of $2,825,000.00, for the purchase of vehicle equipment, trucks, cars, trailers, Fire Department equipment, EMS equipment, boat ramps, sweepers, mowers, projectors, studio lights, generators, testing equipment for toll system, street equipment, computers, related hardware and software, paint remover equipment, statement sorter and power sweepers; and authorizing amendment to the City’s budget to appropriate such proceeds for purposes authorized herein; and approving an official statement; and ordaining other matters related to the subject.

 

7.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas, Combination Tax and Revenue Certificate of Obligation, Series 2003, in the principal amount of $3,550,000.00, for paying all or a portion of the City’s contractual obligations for the purpose of constructing drainage improvements, including a pilot channel, and constructing and equipping a fire station, and for the payment of legal, fiscal, architectural and engineering fees in connection with such projects; authorizing amendment to the City’s budget to appropriate such proceeds for the purposes authorized herein; and approving an official statement; and ordaining other matters relating to the subject.

 

8.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 4.383 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached exhibit “A”, located south of the intersection of Gates Street and Loring Avenue, from AG (Agricultural District); R-1 (Single Family Residential District) and R-3 (Mixed 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.

 

9.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit to Penfam, Ltd. for an adult daycare facility on 0.96 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A”, located south of the intersection of Gates Street and Loring Avenue; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed Conditional Use Permit.

 

10.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 1, Jose Lopez Plat, located at 5003 Tesoro Plaza Drive, 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.

 

11.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 30.20 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A”, located approximately at the 3300 block of Clark Boulevard; from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) and R-2 (Multi-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.

 

12.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 12.44 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A”, located west of Atlanta Drive and north of Weathers Drive from AG (Agricultural 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.

 

13.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 15.20 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A”, located northwest of Chimayo Road and northeast of Don Pascual Lane, from AG (Agricultural District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

14.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 8.0076 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A”, located north of Pita Mangana Road and west of Cuatro Vientos Subdivision Phase I, from R-1MH (Single Family Manufactured Housing District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

15.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning all of Block 1477 and an 8,112.59 square foot tract of land out of the Milmo Avenue right-of-way between the south right-of-way line of Blaine Street and the north right-of-way line of Loop 20, situated in the Eastern Division, located at approximately the 800 block of Texas Avenue, from R-2 (Multi-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.

 

16.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 9, Block 351, Eastern Division, located at 114 Lyon 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 denial of the proposed zone change.

 

VIII.     INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

17.      Authorizing the City Manager to repeal Ordinance No. 2000-O-171 dated July 3, 2000 and authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with KK Communications, L.P. for approximately 5,672 square feet constituting Building No. 962 located 1816 Pappas Street at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for seventeen (17) years and six (6) months commencing April 1, 2003 and ending on September 30, 2020.  Monthly rent shall be $3,617.22 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index and further adjusted by fair market value appraisal on the 10th anniversary; providing for an effective date.

 

IX.       GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

18.

 
 


A.        Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

                                                                        1.      Discussion with possible action on the deteriorating condition of McPherson to Shiloh.

                                                                        2.      Discussion with possible action on the traffic safety concerns at the intersection of Chris Lane and Kimberly Lane.

                                                                        3.      Discussion with possible action on the City’s Access Management Plan.

 

B.        Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

1.      Discussion with possible action on a presentation by Azteca residents regarding police surveillance and enforcement of teen curfew.

2.      Discussion with possible action on a request by residents regarding the increase of monthly rent for Hamilton residents.

3.      Discussion with possible action to consider allowing furniture delivery trucks of a business located on Eagle Pass to use Santa Isabel Truck Route and San Francisco Xavier Road as access for delivery of fragile furniture.

 

          (Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

X.        FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

            

19.

 

2003-O-092   Amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 annual budget by decreasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $8,190.00 from the Texas Department of Health for the Tuberculosis Prevention/Control Federal Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning January 1, 2003 through December 31, 2003.

 

2003-O-093   Amending an ordinance and allowing, under the act governing the Texas Municipal Retirement System, updated service credits:  in said system on an annual basis for service performed by qualifying members of such system who at the effective date of the allowance are in the employment of the City of Laredo; providing for an increased prior and current service annuities for retirees and beneficiaries of decease retirees of the City; to increase the rate of deposits to the Texas Municipal Retirement system by the employees of the City from 5% to 7%; and establishing an effective date for the ordinance.  This Ordinance will allow the City to increase the City contribution rate from approximately 10% to 14%, which will improve the City employee, pension plan.

 

2003-O-094   Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount of $65,000.00 from the Texas Department of Transportation for the enforcement of the seat belt law and amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 annual budget in the amount of $65,000.00.  This grant is for overtime salaries and is funded 100% by the Texas Department of Transportation.

 

2003-O-095   Authorizing the approval of overweight penalty fees to be considered as part of the International Bridges toll receipts and follow the flow of funds as described in Resolution # 98-R-164 and hereby repealing all conflicting sections in all ordinances currently in effect.

 

2003-O-096   Amending the Laredo Municipal Housing FY 2003 budget by drawing down and appropriating $865,000.00 from the opening balance to the City’s Capital Improvement Fund.  This transfer will be set up to carry out necessary repairs associated with the owner-occupied units constructed by the Laredo Affordable Housing Corporation as part of Los Obispos Affordable Housing Project.  The amendment is authorized by the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation’s Article’s of Incorporation.

 

2003-O-097   Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Roberto Villaseñor for approximately 960 square feet constituting Building No. 1319 located at 4011 North Jarvis Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for two (2) years commencing on December 1, 2002 and ending on November 30, 2004.  Monthly rent shall be $317.02 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

2003-O-098   Authorizing the City Manager to grant a license to Grande River Communications, L.L.P. for the use of a telecommunications PVC conduit located at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge and the use of 47 linear feet of City right-of-way from the riverbank to the 500 block of Iturbide Street, Laredo, Webb County, Texas.  License term is five (5) years commencing on May 5, 2003 and ending May 4, 2008.  Annual rent shall start at $15,194.00 with a five percent (5%) increase each anniversary date plus $5.00 per linear foot per year for the use of right-of-way; providing for effective date. 

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

20.  2003-R-039      Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of two parcels of land from Carlos M. Martinez and Inez R. Martinez, as Utility Easements, consisting of: Tract 23-E- a 0.0689 of an acre, more or less, parcel of land, and Tract 24-A-E- a 0.0689 of an acre, more or less, parcel of land; for the extension of water service lines to the Tanquecitos South Acres I Subdivision.  Said two parcels of land being situated in Porcion 32, Abstract 296, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being generally described below, and more particularly described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibits “A, B, C & D”, respectively.

 

Tract 23-E- Being a tract of land containing 0.0689 acres, more or less, situated in Porcion 32, Abstract 296, Antonio Trevino, Original Grantee, Webb County, Texas.  Said 0.0689 acre tract being out of Lot 23, as per deed dated May 16, 1997, and recorded in Volume 505, Page 540, Official Public Records of Webb County, Texas, said Lot 23 being out of Tanquecitos South Acres, called to contain 344.3001 acres as per Plat dated March 18, 1987 and recorded in Volume 5, Page 67, Plat Records of Webb County, Texas.

 

Tract 24 -A-E- Being a tract of land containing 0.0689 acres, more or less, situated in Porcion 32, Abstract 296, Antonio Trevino, Original Grantee, Webb County, Texas.  Said 0.0689 acre tract being out of Lot 24-A as per deed dated May 16, 1997, and recorded in Volume 505, Page 538, Official Public Records of Webb County, Texas, said Lot 24-A being out of Tanquecitos South Acres, called to contain 344.3001 acres as per plat dated March 18, 1987, and recorded in Volume 5, Page 67, Plat Records of Webb County, Texas.

 

 

21.  2003-R-040      Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of two parcels of land, from Key Energy Services-South Texas, Inc., as Utility Easements, consisting of: Tract 17-E- a 0.0689 of an acre, more or less, parcel of land, and Tract 18-E- a 0.0689 of an acre, more or less, parcel of land; for the extension of water service lines to the Tanquecitos South Acres I Subdivision.  Said two parcels of land being situated in Porcion 32, Abstract 296, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being generally described below, and more particularly described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibits “A, B, C & D”, respectively.

 

Tract 17-E- Being a tract of land containing 0.0689 acres, more or less, situated in Porcion 32, Abstract 296, Antonio Trevino, Original Grantee, Webb County, Texas.  Said 0.0689 acre tract being out of Lot 17, Tanquecitos South Acres as per Plat dated March 18, 1987 and recorded in Volume 5, Page 67, Plat Records of Webb County, Texas.

 

Tract 18-E- Being a tract of land containing 0.0689 acres, more or less, situated in Porcion 32, Abstract 296, Antonio Trevino, Original Grantee, Webb County, Texas.  Said 0.0689 acre tract being out of Lot 18, called to contain 6.1176 acres as per deed dated August 24, 1993, and recorded in Volume 141, Page 871, Official Public Records of Webb County, Texas, said Lot 18 being out of Tanquecitos South Acres, called to contain 344.3001 acres as per plat dated March 18, 1987, and recorded in Volume 5, Page 67, Plat Records of Webb County, Texas.

 

22.  2003-R-041      Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of 0.298 of acre parcel of land, more or less, from Oscar O. Martinez, as a Utility Easement, for the Colonias Water Service Lines Extension Project.  Said parcel of land being situated in Rancho Penitas West Subdivision, Unit V, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being generally described below, and more particularly described by metes and bounds on attached  Exhibits “A & B”.  Being a 0.298 acre tract of land situated in Porcion 9, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.  Said 0.298 acre tract being out of Rancho Penitas West Subdivision, Lot 61, Unit V, recorded in Volume 4, Page 32, Webb County Map Records.

 

23.  2003-R-042      Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of 0.230 of an acre parcel of land, more or less, and a 0.046 of an acre parcel of land, more or less, from Rosalva Requena, as Utility Easements, for the Colonias Water Service Lines Extension Project.  Said parcels of land being situated in Rancho Penitas West Subdivision, Unit V, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being generally described below, and more particularly described by metes and bounds on attached corresponding Exhibits “A & B”.

Tract I- Being a 0.230 acre tract situated in Porcion 8, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.  Said 0.230 acre tract being out of Rancho Penitas West Subdivision, Lot 66-A, Unit V, recorded in Volume 4, Page 32, Webb County Map Records.

Tract II- Being a 0.046 acre tract of land situated in Porcion 8, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.  Said 0.046 acre tract being out of Rancho Penitas West Subdivision, Lot 66-B, Unit V, recorded in Volume 4, Page 32, Webb County Map Records.

 

24.  2003-R-043      Accepting the assignment of 3.725 acre feet of municipal water rights from the balance of 310.4905 acre feet deeded to the City of Laredo by Vaquillas Ranch Company, Ltd. by applying .425 acre feet of municipal water rights for the installation of one (1) 3” hydrant water meter in connection with the final plat of Monarch Townhouses; and 3.3 acre feet of municipal water rights for water availability charges in connection with the final plat of Concord Hills Phase VII.

 

25.  2003-R-044      Confirming the appointment of a member of the Fire Fighters and Police Officers’ Civil Service Commission of the City of Laredo to be determined by the City Manager.

 

26.  2003-R-045      Authorizing the City Manager to apply for a grant in the amount of $741,529.00 to fund the Laredo Financial Disruption Task Force and a grant in the amount of $49,997.00 to fund the Laredo Multi-Agency Drug Related Public Corruption Task Force.  Both grants are funded by the Executive Office of the President, Office of the National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) at no cost to the City.  Funding will be used to pay personnel salaries, overtime, travel, and operating expenses from January 1, 2004 through December 31, 2004.

           

27.  2003-R-046      Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application with the Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division for $1,142,115.00 to fund the Laredo Narcotics Task Force.  CJD will designate $1,142,115.00 and the City of Laredo will designate $334,778.00 for a total amount of $1,476,893.00.  Funding will be used to pay salaries, direct operating expenses, and the purchase of equipment from June 1, 2003 through May 31, 2004.

 

28.  2003-R-047      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with the United States of America, General Services Administration for a period of twenty-five (25) years, with a one hundred eighty (180) day written termination notice, for the use of the lower level of the former Import Lot at the Juarez-Lincoln  Border Station at the  termination of  Interstate Highway 35, Laredo, Texas as further defined on the site map, attached hereto and made a part thereof, as Exhibit “A”.

 

XII.      MOTIONS

 

29.      Consideration to approve the selection of a consultant Rosin-Johnson, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Seven Flags Park Rehabilitation Project and authorize staff to negotiate a professional services contract with the selected consultant.  Funding will be made available at time of contract approval.

 

30.      Consideration to award a construction contract to the sole bidder A-1 Scale Service, Inc., San Antonio, Texas in the bid amount of $63,647.00 for the Static Scale for World Trade Bridge.  Funding is available in the Bridge Improvements.

 

31.      Consideration to award a contract in the amount of $75,000.00 to Alliance Texas Engineering Company for the existing land use assessment for Laredo, Texas.  Funding for this project is available through the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) account using Federal Planning Grant (PL112).

 

32.      Consideration to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder, Lambda Construction I, Ltd., New Braunfels, Texas, in the amount of $695,500.00 for the Effluent Pond Improvements at the North Laredo Wastewater Treatment Plant.  The project consists of (1) constructing an 18” by pass line; (2) dewatering the existing north pond; (3) excavation of the new pond; (4) construction of the perimeter levees; (5) installation of the geosynthetic erosion control mat; (6) miscellaneous piping, manholes and structures to maintain continuous operation of the pond system; and (7) constructing access roadways and fence lines within the confines of the site.  Funding is available in the N.W.W.T.P. Pond line item.

 

33.      Consideration to authorize the City Manager to sign the hardware and software sales agreements and contract documents with InCode InVision, Lubbock, Texas, in the total amount of $196,681.00 for providing a comprehensive software package for Municipal Court operations.  Funding is available in the Municipal Court budget.

 

34.      Consideration to award contract number FY03-065 to the low bidder, Little Tikes Commercial, San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $18,666.00 for furnishing all labor and materials needed to install a playground module at the George Washington Park.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Project (City Council District 1).

 

35.      Consideration to award contract FY03-062 to the following low bidders, Commercial Video Systems, Austin TX, in the amount of $25,990.00, Video Service of America, Lincoln, NB, in the amount of $15,482.00 and Visual Interactive, Houston, TX, in the amount of $1,604.00 for the purchase of audio and video equipment for Public Access.  The equipment includes a studio camera, video camera, character generator, and audio equipment.  Funding is available in the Public Access Fund.

 

36.      Consideration to ratify the purchase of influenza and pneumococcal vaccines in the amount of $30,812.10 for the 2002-2003 flu season from the Texas Department of Health.  The Health Department initially budgeted $25,000.00 for 5,000 doses of flu vaccines; however, due to the demand for this vaccine, 500 additional doses were ordered.  Funding is available in the  Health Department budget.

 

37.      Consideration to award contract number FY03-055 to the sole proposer, Westnet, Inc., Huntington Beach, CA, in the amount of $277,469.86 for the purchase and installation of fire station control system.  This system will be installed at thirteen fire stations and provides for audible and visual alarms for dispatching EMS or Fire Department crews.  Funding is available in the  2003 PPFCO Capital Outlay Account.

 

38.      Approving the monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amount to be adjusted for the month of March 2003, represents a decrease of $25,476.45.  These adjustments are determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

39.      Refund of property tax to the following taxpayers and companies:  

a.          A refund in the amount of $551.84 payable to National City Mortgage Company due to a double payment.  National Mortgage Company and Neel Title paid the 2002 tax.  Account #909-00044-320. 

b.          A refund in the amount of $755.32 payable to National City Mortgage Company due to a double payment.  Taxes were paid by National City Mortgage Company and Webb County Title.  Account #985-83003-070. 

c.           A refund in the amount of $1,192.40 payable to National City Mortgage Company due to a double payment.  Taxes were paid by National City Mortgage Company and by Need Title Corp.  Account #945-00841-431.

d.           A refund in the amount of $650.58 payable to National City Mortgage Company due to a double payment.  Taxes were paid by National City Mortgage Company and by The Laredo National Bank.  Account #986-00002-210. 

e.          A refund in the amount of $999.65 payable to National City Mortgage Company due to a double payment.  Taxes were paid by National City Mortgage Company and Neel Title Corp.  Account #991-50004-360.

f.              A refund in the amount of $2,730.34 payable to Transamerica Real Estate Tax Service/Refund Dept. due to a double payment.  Taxes were paid by Transamerica and Border Title.  Account #968-81001-020.

g.          A refund in the amount of $1,954.02 payable to Speedy Stop #1037. c/o C. L. Thomas, Inc. due to a double payment.  Taxes were paid twice by owner .  Account #801-19099-115.                                                                                                                                                           c/o C. L. Thomas, Inc. due to a double payment.  Taxes were paid twice by owner.  Account #801-19099-115.                                                                                                                            

h.           A refund in the amount of $1,303.89 payable to David G. Peake/Chapter 13 Trustee due to an overpayment.  This parcel has not been in the city roll since 2000.  Account #900-90241-095. 

i.             A refund in the amount of $900.91 payable to Village Heights, Ltd. due to a double payment.  Taxes were paid by Village Heights and Border Title.  Account #900-90221-116.

j.             A refund in the amount of $895.86 payable to Washington Mutual Home Loans c/o Lereta Corp.  Taxes were paid by Washington Mutual and by Border Title.  Account #989-10002-070. 

k.           A refund in the amount of $745.58 payable to Ridgebury Funding LLC due to a Webb County Appraisal District change of value certified by the Appraisal Review Board.  Account #800-18021-117. 

l.             A refund in the amount of $5,850.98 payable to EOG Resources (Minerals) c/o Ernst & Young LLP.  Account has a credit due to a clerical error. Account #M 0-00592-201.

m.         A refund in the amount of $2,957.12 payable to EOG Resources (Minerals) c/o Ernst & Young LLP.  Account has a credit due to a clerical error.  Account #M 0-00572-175.

n.           A refund in the amount of $865.03 payable to Holt Company of Texas/ Attn: Tax Department.  Account was overpaid due to a payment by owner and by Webb County Tax Office.  Account #804-30098-001.

 

40.      Consideration to award an annual contract number FY03-056 to the low bidder meeting specifications, Manny Trevino Enterprises, San Antonio, Texas, in the estimated amount of $39,499.50 for the purchase of soft body armor vests for the Police Department.  This contract establishes contract pricing for a one-year term for bulletproof vests.  Funding is available in the Police Department’s budget.

 

41.      Consideration to award contract number FY03-070 to the low bidder, Valu Care Cleaners, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $28,320.00 to provide laundry and dry cleaning services for Police Department non-uniformed officers.  The City provides dry cleaning service for non-uniformed police officers as a condition of the new collective bargaining agreement.  Funding is available in the Police Department's budget.

 

42.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement with Vaquillas Development, Ltd., whereby the latter will donate 31.439 acres in South Laredo to the City of Laredo.

 

XIII.     STAFF REPORTS

43.

 
           

A.         Staff report regarding the flooding issues a Indian Sunset Subdivision.

 

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

 

C.         Update report on the progress of the Compensation Committee wage study for Pay Grades R-22 through R-25 by Mr. Daniel Migura, with possible action.

 

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 on the value of, and the possible purchase of, real property near the Central Business District, because deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the City Council in negotiations with third persons; and return to open session for possible action and direction to staff.

 

XV.      RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

 

45.  2003-RT-001             Accepting the findings and recommendations as developed by A & R Consulting to improve the services and operations of El Lift Paratransit services.

 

46.  2003-RT-002             Endorsing the updated Laredo ADA Paratransit Plan and recommending that the Laredo Metropolitan Planning Organization approve the proposed document.

 

47.        Consideration to authorize the City Manager to file a grant application with the Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, United States of America, in the amounts of $3,554,774.00 (Formula 5307 Funds) and $58,618.00.00 (Supplemental 5307 Funds) for a total amount of $3,613,392 for FY 2002-2003, under the Federal Transit Act as codified at 49 U.S.C. Chapter 53, as amended; and authorizing the City Manager to execute the application and all related documents.

 

XVI.     RECESS 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 April 16, 2003 at 6:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary