CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2003-R-011

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

JUNE 2, 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 the minutes of March 3, 2003 and  March 24, 2003.

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

a.      Recognition of Winners of the Distinguished Business Awards from the Laredo Development Foundation Small Business Development Center.

 

b.      Recognizing Connie de los Reyes, Nieto Dickey & Lopez Funeral Home and Antonio Fox for their contributions to the production of an impressionable and serious public service message produced in conjunction with the Laredo Police Department and City Public Information Office and the Public Access Channel.  This includes a viewing of the one-minute public service announcement.

 

c.      Recognizing  Griselda Dozal, Erica Paez, Jaime Martinez, Jr., Juan Gamez, Lori Lisette Botello, Betzabe E. Pena, and Brenda Janet Tristan as the recipients of the City Council District 4 scholarships for 2003.

 

d.      Recognizing La Posada Hotel for their generous sponsorship and support of the Salinas Elementary School basketball team.

 

e.      Recognition by the Mayor and City Council Members of City Departments for their contribution and participation to the United Way Campaign; a special recognition to Daniel E. Migura, Jr., Administrative Services Department Director, recipient of the Dr. Billy F. Cowart   Award and the R.E.A.C.H. Committee Members recipients of the 2002 Rising Star Award.

 

f.        Recognizing the Budget Department for its achievement of the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada on their award of the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award to the City of Laredo, Texas for its annual budget for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2002.

 

Communiqués

 

VI.             APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

              

VII.                   PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.               Public hearing and Second Reading authorizing Aleskar Villarreal, d/b/a Villarreal Dumps and Backhoe Service, Inc. a non-exclusive franchise, to construct, maintain and operate a commercial container refuse gathering and disposing service in the City of Laredo, Texas, and providing the terms, conditions, obligations, and limitations upon and under which such franchise shall be exercised; providing indemnity to the City, City retains authority to regulate rates except for rate increases resulting from increased landfill fees which are passed on to the customer; providing for increased service rates; providing for franchise payments; and providing for severability. 

 

2.               Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Section 2-3(D), of Article I of Chapter 2, Administration, of the Code of Ordinances, in order to conform the schedule of charges for copies of public information with that specified by the Public Information Act, Texas Government Code, Subchapter F.

 

3.               Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 annual budget by decreasing revenues and expenditures, as per the Texas Department of Health, in the amount of $2,679.00 in the Tuberculosis Elimination Program budget of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2002 through August 31, 2003.

 

4.               Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 annual budget by increasing expenditures and Program Income/Revenues in the amount of $5,500.00 for the Tuberculosis Elimination Program budget of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2002 through August 31, 2002.

 

5.               Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 annual budget by increasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $111,757.00 for the Los Dos Laredos Binational Neural Tube Defects (NTD) Pilot Project of the City of Laredo Health Department and extending the program period from April 1, 2002 through March 31, 2003 to April 1, 2002 through September 30, 2003.

 

VIII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

6.

 
 


                  A.        Request by Council Member Hector J. Garcia

1.           Discussion with possible action on increasing police patrol in Eastwood and Villa del Sol Subdivisions.

           

B.        Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

1.      Discussion with possible action to request that the City Manager consider the implementation of a budget amendment in the amount of $5,424.64 to reclassify four (4) Investigator positions to Sergeant positions in the Police Department Budget and having the City Manager initiate the budget amendment process. 

 

C.        Request by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

1.      Request for a status report on the buffer area between the N.E. Hillside Skate Park and the residential area across the street from the park.

2.      Request that our park areas be patrolled on a more regular basis, and the enforcement of the curfew.

3.      Request for a status report on the channalization of the creek areas north of Gale and Calle Del Norte.

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

1.             Discussion regarding the process used by the Webb County Appraisal District to determine property taxable values.

 

2.             Discussion with possible action regarding Ordinances  requiring the charge for  such city services as sewer, water, and trash pick-up for temporary construction sites where those services will not be provided.   

         

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

7.             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 are and amend hours of operation, providing for effective date.

 

8.             Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement with South Texas Development Council for approximately 240 square feet constituting Suite No. 7 of Building S-1 located at 1718 E. Calton Road at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for one-year (1) commencing on April 1, 2003 and ending on March 31, 2004 and may be extended for one year (1) ending on March 31, 2005.  Monthly rent shall be $312.00 and will be adjusted annually during the primary and extension term of this lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

X.        FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

           

            9.

2003-O-122     Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a child daycare facility on 1.42 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A,” located approximately at 3351 Clark Boulevard; providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2003-O-123     Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 2.2882 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A,” located south of Don Camillo Boulevard and west of Highway 83, from R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District) to B-3 (Community Business District)); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2003-O-124     Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 42.44 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A,” located approximately at the 2600 block of Del Mar Boulevard, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2003-O-125     Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1A, Block 1, Pan American Mobile Home Park Subdivision, located approximately at 4502 Game Creek Boulevard, from AG (Agricultural District) to R-1MH (Single Family Manufactured Housing District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2003-O-126     Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 6.07 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A,” located east of Highway 83 and north of Cielito Lindo Boulevard, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  (AS AMENDED)

 

2003-O-127     Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 4.6243 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A,” located south of Highway 359 and approximately one and a half miles east of Loop 20, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  (AS AMENDED)

 

2003-O-128     Amending Section 23-3 and Section 23-5 of Chapter 23 (Parks and Recreation) of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo to allow for rate changes in Public Swimming Pool Admission Fees from $0.50 to $0.75 for children and from $0.75 to $1.25 for adults (ages 13 and older), and to provide for the addition of Section 23-6 for New Recreational Fields Facility Fees and Section 23-7 for the creation of user fees for recreational equipment rentals; providing for publication and effective date.

 

2003-O-129     Amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 annual budget in the amount of $5,350.00 in additional funds from the Texas Department of Health for the OPHP-Bioterrorism Preparedness Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2002 through August 31, 2003.

 

2003-O-130     Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the Texas Book Festival in the amount of $2,500.00 and amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 annual budget in the amount of $2,500.00.

 

2003-O-131     Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the amount of $20,609.00 and amending the FY 2002-2003 City of Laredo budget by $1,391.00.  The agreement’s purpose is to reimburse costs for overtime incurred by the Laredo Police Department in providing resources for joint operational task forces.  The term of this agreement is from October 1, 2002 through September 30, 2003.

 

2003-O-132     Amending Chapter 19 Motor Vehicle and Traffic, Article VIII, Stopping, Standing or Parking, Section 19-361, controlled access parking lots and Section 19-362, Controlled Access Parking Lot Rates and Hours of Operation, of the Code of Ordinances, City of Laredo: authorizing the establishment of parking rates, enforcement regulations, and hours of operation for all newly acquired City-owned parking lot facilities, providing for effective date and publication.

 

2003-O-133     Designating as a one-way northbound and one-way southbound the east side IH-35 frontage road and the west side IH-35 frontage road, respectively, between Loop 20 and Uniroyal Drive, as requested by Texas Department of Transportation, providing for the installation of appropriate signs to indicate one-way traffic in the designated direction and providing for publication and effective date.

 

2003-O-134     Adding new Article VIII of Chapter 28 to the Code of Ordinances, consisting of Sections 28.151 to 28.157; providing for definitions; requiring a license agreement in order to install an oil or gas pipeline on public property; providing for an annual public property use fee for location of same and the mode of computing said fee; providing for a one time crossing fee for excavation and installation of a pipeline on a city street and the mode of computation of same; providing for application of a crossing fee for any alteration or removal of a pipeline; providing for publication and effective date.

 

2003-O-135     Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey fee simple title to the “Surface Only”, at its adjusted market value of $24,223.00 of certain property being described as 0.2442 of an acre (10,636.20 sq. ft.), more or less, of a tract of land out of Maryland Avenue between the South right-of-way line of Market Street and 103.75 feet north of the north right-of-way line of Cortez Street to Isabel R. Martinez; provided that the City of Laredo retains a 21 foot wide Storm Drainage and an AEP-CPL easement.  Said tract being situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas being generally described on the  attached exhibit; and providing for an effective date.

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

10.  2003-R-056        Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation for the West Laredo Multimodal Trade Corridor.  The City of Laredo was awarded a maximum of $3,250,000.00 through the FY 2002 Federal Transportation Spending Bill.

 

11.  2003-R-057        Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a non-financial agreement between Texas A & M International University, Eduardo M. Hinojosa Reading Research Center and the City of Laredo Public Library to provide a Summer Literacy Camp for fourth and fifth grade students, for the period of July 1, 2003 through July 31, 2003.

 

12.  2003-R-058        Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a variable width Sanitary Sewer Easement from HEB Grocery Company, LP, a Texas Limited Partnership, for the relocation of the existing sanitary sewer line which serves the area. Said variable width Sanitary Sewer Easement being out of Lot 1, Block 1066-A, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being generally described below and more particularly described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A”.

Being a strip of land generally 10.00 and 15.00 feet in width, containing 7,894.98 square feet or 0.181 acres more or less, over and across a portion of Lot 1, Block 1066-A, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Texas, recorded in Volume 9, Page 46, Plat Records, Webb County, Texas.

 

13.  2003-R-059        Declaring the public necessity to acquire the “Surface Only” of one parcel of land for the Bridge of the Americas Modification Project. Said parcel being the North 43.1 feet of Lots Number 6, 7, 8, & 9,  Block 22, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, 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, and further authorizing the City Attorney to initiate condemnation proceedings to acquire said parcel if staff is unable to acquire due inability to agree to a purchase price, conflict of ownership, owner refusal to sell, and/or inability to locate the listed owner.  

 

14.  2003-R-060        Declaring the public necessity to acquire the “Surface Only” of one parcel of land for the Bridge of the Americas Modification Project. Said parcel being a strip of land 12.5 feet of Lots Number 6, 7, 8, & 9, Block 22, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, 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, and further authorizing the City Attorney to initiate condemnation proceedings to acquire said parcel if staff is unable to acquire due inability to agree to a purchase price, conflict of ownership, owner refusal to sell, and/or inability to locate the listed owner.  

 

15.  2003-R-061        Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Interlocal Governmental Agreement between the City of Laredo and United Independent School District for joint use of neighborhood schools to conduct and operate the Parks and Recreation Summer Program from June 9, 2003 through August 1, 2003.                     

 

16.  2003-R-063        Authorizing the City Manager to submit to the Division of Emergency Management-Texas Department of Public Safety for a grant application for funding needed for the construction of a new dedicated Emergency Operations Center for the City of Laredo.  The need for a dedicated secure Emergency Operations Center is becoming ever more necessary to better prepare for Emergency Responses in our community.

 

XII.      MOTIONS

 

17.        Appointment of Mayor Pro Tempore as per Ordinance 90-O-101.  City Council shall confirm one of the Council Members who shall be known and designated as Mayor Pro Tempore.

 

18.        Consideration to authorize the purchase of one, replacement aerial truck for the Traffic Department, through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) - Cooperative Purchasing Program, in the total amount of $64,347.00.  Delivery is expected within ninety to one hundred twenty days.  Funding is available in the 2003 PPFCO bond budget.

 

19.        Consideration to award a twelve month janitorial supply contract number (FY03-043) to the low bidders, Gulf Coast Paper, Corpus Christi, Texas, Star Janitorial Supplies, Laredo, Texas, and Pollock Paper Distributors, San Antonio, Texas, for providing general janitorial supplies most commonly utilized by City departments.  These vendors offered contract pricing from their general catalogues.  All items purchased will be purchased on an as needed basis and funding will be secured from the user department budgets.

 

20.        Consideration to award contract number FY03-076, to the low bidder, Sports and Recreation Products, San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of  $68,731.00 for furnishing all labor and material needed to install a modular skate park system that will be installed at the South Laredo park.  Funding is available in the Community Development Fund, Capital Project, South Laredo Park Phase II.

 

21.        Consideration to award an architectural engineering (A/E) contract in the amount not to exceed $35,775.00 to Tetra Tech, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, for the three police substations located on site of Fire Stations No. 9, 10, and 12.  Funding is available in the three police substations.

 

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

           

XIII.     EXECUTIVE SESSION

The City Council hereby reserves the right to go into executive session at any time during this public meeting, if such is requested by the City Attorney or other legal counsel for the City, pursuant to his or her duty under Section 551.071(2) of the Government Code, to consult privately with his or her client on an item on the agenda, or on a matter arising out of such item.

           

XIV.     RECESS AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING CORPORATION

 

23.        Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation (LMHC) to establish a revised rental structure by amending Ordinance 2000-O-289, for the houses managed on behalf of Laredo International Airport’s Noise Compatibility Program.

 

XV.      RECESS AS THE LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING AND RECONVENE AS       THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL

 

XVI.   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 May 28, 2002 at 6:30 p.m.          

 

                                               

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary