CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2003-R-09

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

MAY 5, 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.

 

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 I.         CALL TO ORDER

 

II.         PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

III.        ROLL CALL

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

            Approval of minutes for February 3, 2003 and February 18, 2003.

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

 

a.      Recognition of American Electric Power for their donation of six personal computers for use at the City’s Recreation Centers.

 

b.      Recognition by American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Laredo Chapter of Public Administrator of the Year and Public Administration Educator of the Year.

 

c.      Recognition of April employee of the month.

 

Communiqués

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

           

1.      Appointment by Council Member John C. Galo of Irma Deutsch to the Laredo Commission for Women.

 

2.      Appointment by Council Member John C. Galo of Ricardo Godines to the Third Party Funding.

 

 VII.     PUBLIC HEARINGS

           

1.        Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo 2002-2003 annual budget by increasing Texas Department’s Health share of program income and expenditures for the Maternal and Child Health Program of the City of Laredo Health Department in the amount of $42,893.00 from ($27,107.00 to $70,000.00) for the period beginning September 1, 2002 through August 31, 2003.

 

2.        Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 annual budget to recognize additional revenues from a grant amendment received from the Federal Aviation Administration being grant offer No. 3-48-0136-33-02 increasing the amount from $41,626.00 to $63,543.00 an increase of $21,917.00 for the purpose of reimbursing the City of Laredo for increased law enforcement services provided by the Laredo Police Department immediately following the tragic event of September 11, 2001 and providing for an effective date.  The grant does not require a local match.

 

3.        Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the issuance of the City of Laredo, Texas General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2003; approving an official statement; authorizing the execution of a purchase agreement and an escrow agreement; making provisions for the security thereof; establishing procedures for selling and delivering the bonds; and ordaining other matters related to the subject.

 

4.        Public hearing and introductory ordinance accepting a grant awarded by the Office of the National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) in the amount of $688,313.00 at no cost to the City; and amending the City of Laredo FY 2003 Financial Task Force Budget in the amount of $83,484.00 to fund the Laredo Financial Disruption Task Force and amend the Special Police Budget in the amount of $5,040.00 to fund the STX Multi-Agency Drug Related Corruption Task Force. Funds will be used to pay personnel salaries, travel and operational expenses beginning January 1,2003 through December 31, 2003 and amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 Full-Time Equivalents (FTE’s).

 

5.        Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Article XII, Chapter 19, Division 4, Section 19-601 of the Code of Ordinances; to (1) increase monthly contract parking rate for El Metro Transit Center from $40.00 to $50.00; (2) to increase the refundable key deposit from $10.00 to $25.00, (3) to increase the replacement charge for damaged key from $10.00 to $25.00; and (4) to reduce the advanced payment discount from $80.00 to $50.00 for a lump sum annual payment of $550.00, and providing for effective date and publication.

 

6.        Public hearing and introductory ordinance setting a daily rental rate for the El Metro Park & Ride Facility located at 4600 Daugherty for $250.00 for private entities and $180.00 for non-profit organizations; providing for publication and effective date.

 

7.        Public hearing and introductory ordinance providing for fare increases for the fixed route transit service as follows:  from $.75 to $1.00 for adults and student fare from $.35 to $.50 providing for publication and effective date.

 

8.        Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Section 7 of Ordinance 89-O-122 to increase the one-way fare in the El Lift Program from $.75 to $1.00; providing for publication and effective date.

 

9.        Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 15, Health and Sanitation, Article VI “Indoor Clean Air”, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo, Texas by amending Sections 15-78 through 15-82; “Smoking in Public Places”; thereby designating certain retail and service establishments, public buildings, and food establishments as nonsmoking areas; providing minimum standards for nonsmoking areas; providing minimum standards for nonsmoking areas; providing sign requirements; requiring the posting of signs regarding the smoking and nonsmoking areas; requiring written policies implementing this chapter; providing for severability; and providing for publication and effective date.

 

VIII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

10.

 
 


A.        Request by Council Member John C. Galo

1.      Request for presentation from Traffic Department on traffic calming devices in District III, with possible action.

 

2.      Request for update on the opening of Bartlett on Market and Cortez, with possible action.

 


B.        Request by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

3.      Discussion with possible action on the deteriorating conditions of Jacaman Road from McPherson to the residential areas and a report on the street lighting along this roadway.

 

4.      Request for a status report on the extension of water and sewer services for Casa Verde Project.

 

C.        Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

1.      Commentary/Presentation of Texas Supreme Court ruling on eight liners.

 

2.      Status report on the Pilot Parking Permit Program, with possible action.

         

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

11.             Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Nextel WIP lease Corporation, d/b/a Nextel Partners, for approximately 559 square feet located at 8711 McPherson Road, Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and being more fully described in Exhibit “A” of lease agreement for the construction and operation of its communications equipment facility.  Term of the lease is fifty-two (52) months commencing June 20, 2003 and ending October 20, 2007 with four (4) successive renewal terms of five (5) years.  Annual base rent shall be $4,200.00 each year during the term of the lease and will be adjusted by four percent (4%) on each anniversary of the commencement date, providing for an effective date.

 

X.        FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 


2003-O-099   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.

 

2003-O-100   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.

 

2003-O-101   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.

 

2003-O-102   Authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas Combination Tax and Sewer System Revenue Certificate of Obligation, Series 2003, in the principal amount of $3,620,000 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.  (As Amended)

 

2003-O-103   Authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas, Public Property Finance Contractual Obligations, Series 2003, in the principal amount of $2,795,000, 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 .  (As Amended)

 

2003-O-104   Authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas, Combination Tax and Revenue Certificate of Obligation, Series 2003, in the principal amount of $3,510,000 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.  (As amended)

 

2003-O-105   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. 

 

2003-O-106   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.  (As amended) 

 

2003-O-107   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. 

 

2003-O-108   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. 

 

2003-O-109   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. 

 

2003-O-110   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. 

 

2003-O-111   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. 

 

2003-O-112   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.

 

2003-O-114   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.

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

13.  2003-R-044        Confirming the appointment of a member of the Fire Fighters’ & Police Officers’ Civil Service Commission of the City of Laredo to be determined by the City Manager.

 

14.  2003-R-049      Authorizing the City Manager to accept an amendment to Grant Offer No. 3-48-0136-33-02 increasing the amount from $41,626.00 to $63,543.00 an increase of $21,917.00 from the Federal Aviation Administration reimbursing the City of Laredo for increased law enforcement services provided to the Airport Department by the Laredo Police Department immediately following the tragic event of September 11, 2001.  The grant does not require a local match.

 

15.  2003-R-050        Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.0689 of an acre parcel of land, more or less, from Maria Teresa Soto de Flores, as a Utility Easement, for the extension of water service lines to the Tanquecitos South Acres I Subdivision.  Said parcel 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”.

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 7-A, called to contain 3.9809 acres as per deed dated April 11, 2000 and recorded in Volume 899, Page 376, Official Public Records of Webb County, Texas, said Lot 7-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.

 

16.  2003-R-051        Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.261 of an acre parcel of land, more or less, from Ramon Rojas and Maria Del Jesus Rojas, as a Utility Easement, for the Colonias Water Service Lines Extension Project.  Said parcel of land being situated in Rancho Penitas West Subdivision, Unit IX, 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 0.261 acre tract of land situated in Porcion 7 and 8, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, being out of Rancho Penitas West Subdivision, Lot 66, Unit IX,  recorded in Volume 4, Page 32, Webb County Map Records.

 

17.  2003-R-052        Authorizing the City Manager to amend the Interlocal Government Agreement between the City of Laredo and the County of Webb for the engineering, surveying, aerial photography and environmental assessment for the Cuatro Vientos Road Project to increase the City's contribution by $111,983.00.

           

XII.      MOTIONS

 

18.        Consideration for approval of final change order no. 6 an increase of $33,248.42 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the Del Mar Widening Project from Fenwick Drive to McPherson Road and approval of final payment in the amount of $121,586.65 to MTZ Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $1,075,170.96.  Funding is available in the 2000 A CO Issue McPherson Widening Phase I.

 

19.        Consideration to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder Triple A Concrete, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the bid amount of $97,192.01 for the CDBG Sidewalks City-Wide Project No. 23 (27 Blocks).  Funding is available in the School Sidewalks 27th and 28th Action Years.

 

20.        Consideration to award contract number FY03-072 to the low bidder, Laredo Coca Cola, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $25,000.00, for providing powdered electrolyte replacement drinks (Powerade) for City service crews.  Electrolyte replacement drinks are purchased on as needed basis during the summer months for the service crews to prevent dehydration.  The contract pricing is approximately 8% less than the previous contract period.  Funding is available in the following budgets:  Public Works, Sanitation, Fleet Maintenance, Traffic Safety, Engineering, Risk and Parks and Recreation Departments.

 

21.        Consideration to award annual contract number FY03-063 to the low bidder, Gall’s Inc., Lexington, KY, in the estimated amount of $34,511.25 for the purchase of leather gear, raincoats, flashlights, and other accessories used by the Police Department.  This is an annual contract, which established contract pricing for a one-year period.  These items will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Police Department budget.

 

22.        Consideration to award contract number FY03-069 to the sole bidder, Holt Company of Texas, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $471,965.00 for the purchase of one, replacement compactor for the landfill operation.  This equipment will be purchased using a total cost bid evaluation process.  The bid pricing includes provisions for a five-year maintenance contract and a guaranteed re-purchase price.  Delivery of this equipment is expected within sixty days.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

23.        Consideration to award contract number FY03-068 to the low bidder, Holt Company of Texas, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $427,482.00 for the purchase of one, replacement tract type tractor for the landfill operation.  This equipment will be purchased using a total cost bid evaluation process.  The bid pricing includes provisions for a five-year maintenance contract and a guaranteed re-purchase price.  Delivery of this equipment is expected within sixty days.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

24.        Consideration to award contract number FY03-067 to the sole bidder, Holt Company of Texas, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $480,482.00 for the purchase of one, replacement scraper for the landfill operation.  This equipment will be purchased using a total cost bid evaluation process.  The bid pricing includes provisions for a five-year maintenance contract and a guaranteed re-purchase price.  Delivery of this equipment is expected within sixty days.  Funding is available in the  Solid Waste Fund.

 

25.        Consideration to authorize the City Manager to execute the purchase of vaccines in the amount of $39,500.00 for the 2003-2004 flu season from Aventis Pasteur, Inc.  The Health Department will utilize the Texas Department of Health’s federal contract pricing with Aventis to purchase these vaccines.  Funding is available in the Health Department budget.

 

26.        Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract with Joe A. Aceves, a.k.a. Municipal Water Utilities, and Project Development Consulting Services, of San Antonio, Texas, for consulting services and oversight of the development of a Secondary  Water Supply Project, in the sum not to exceed $36,000.00.

 

27.        Consideration to award annual supply contract number FY03-052 to the LOW BIDDER, Oil Patch Petroleum, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $917,480.00, for the purchase of transport loads of unleaded and low sulfur diesel fuel and tank wagon loads of high sulfur diesel fuel, for the City of Laredo's fleet.  The unit cost for the transport loads of unleaded fuel is $0.0095 less and the transport loads of diesel fuel are $0.0250 less than the previous contract period.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Fund.  

 

28.        Consideration to authorize the purchase of two ambulances through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative Agreement (Buy Board) contract from Wheeled Coach, Winter Park, Florida, in the total amount of $258,076.00.  These ambulances will be assigned to Station 9 and Station 14.  Funding for one unit as been budgeted with PPFCO bond proceeds and the other with Community Development-CDBG Funds.

 

29.        Consideration to award contract FY03-071 to the low bidder, Lawrence Marshall Chrysler, Hempstead, Texas, in the total amount of $299,775.00 for the purchase of fifteen (15) replacement sedans for the Police Department.  The City is requesting that these vehicles be delivered fully equipped with light bars, sirens, decals, and other accessories normally installed by the Fleet Maintenance Division.  Only the radios will be installed after the vehicles have been delivered to the City.  This will expedite the process to activate units for patrol duty.  Funding has been allocated in the 2003 PPFCO bond sale.

 

30.        Authorization to use District VII discretionary funds in the amount not to exceed $12,000.00 for sidewalks along the north side of the 1500 to 1800 block of Burnside from Santa Rita to Santa Maria Avenues.  Construction will be done in-house by Engineering/Public Works Department.


XIII.     STAFF REPORTS

31.

 
           

A.            Legislative Update by Rene Gonzalez, City’s Legislative Consultant.

 

B.            Discussion regarding the City of Laredo's participation in the Rio Grande Regional Water Authority, with possible action.

 

C.            Presentation by Armando Hinojosa on the proposed design of the Veteran’s Monument, with possible action.

 

D.            Presentation by Keith Selman, Planning Director, regarding the City’s Development Standard Specification Book.

 

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.

 

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

           

32.           Public hearing and a motion to modify the following El Metro routes to increase efficiency, productivity, and on-time performance.

·        Eliminate 3rd Corpus bus and leave bus #1 and #2

·        Modify San Eduardo Route

·        Modify San Bernardo Route

·        Re-route Santa Maria

·        Extend Retama Route

·        Extend Convent Route

·        Split the Express bus to Bus A and Bus B

·        Modify Mines Road Route #17

           

33.  2003-RT-003        Resolution of the City of Laredo sitting as the Mass Transit Board adopting a revised Drug and Alcohol Abuse Policy.

 

34.      Consideration to award annual supply contract number FY03-052 to the low bidder, Oil Patch Petroleum, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $477,310.00, for the purchase of transport loads of low sulfur diesel and tank wagon loads of unleaded fuel, for the transit system’s fleet.  The unit cost for the tank wagon  loads of unleaded fuel is $0.005 less and the transport loads of diesel fuel is $0.0250 less than the previous contract period.  Funding is available in the Transit Fund.

 

35.      Authorization to cancel, by mutual agreement, contract purchase order dated January 14, 2002, with Neoplan USA, Inc., for 8 low floor CNG buses due to contractor’s inability to meet delivery date.

 

36.      Authorizing 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 (Supplemental 5307 Funds) for a total amount of $3,613,392.00 for Fiscal Year 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 convene as the Laredo City Water Local Government Corporation

 

37.  2003-RW-001             Authorizing the President of the Laredo City Water Local Government Corporation (“LWC”) to execute a fifth amendment of the Advanced Authorization to Proceed (AATP) with MWH Americas, Inc., and resume the completion of the Secondary Water Supply by contracting for engineering services for the pre-verification phase of the 1,500 acre site owned by the City and located approximately 8 miles north of Laredo, in the amount not to exceed $200,000.00.

 

 

XVII.    RECESS AS THE LAREDO CITY WATER LOCAL GOVERNMENT           CORPORATION AND RECONVENE AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL

 

XVIII.   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, April 30, 2003 at 6:30 p.m.

 

 

 

           

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary[fp1] 


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