CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2003-R-014

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

JULY 21, 2003

5:30 P.M.

DISABILITY ACCESS STATEMENT

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 I.         CALL TO ORDER

 

II.         PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

III.        ROLL CALL

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

a.      South Texas Blood & Tissue Center will be hosting a blood drive at the Public Works Service Center Training Room #1 every Monday between 12:00 noon and 5:00 p.m. from July 21, 2003 to August 25, 2003.

 

Recognitions

a.      Recognition of Robert Ortiz for serving our country in the 10th Combat Service Support Battalion 1st Marine Division in Iraq to pursue our freedom and democracy.

 

b.      Recognition of the Laredo Bucks for being selected Franchise of the Year of the Central Hockey League.   

 

c.      Recognition of Francisco Yerano in appreciation for his volunteer assistance  after the severe wind storm to the citizens of Laredo.

 

d.      Recognition of Ernie Salinas for winning World Karate Champion for the second time in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

Communiqués

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

            a.         Appointments to the Para Transit Advisory Committee:

i.                    Ricky Hinojosa by Mayor Pro Tempore John C. Galo.

 

ii.                  Adriana Jaro by Council Member Johnny Amaya. 

 

iii.                Dr. Judson Somerville by Council Member Gene Belmares.

 

VII.      PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Ordinance 2001-O-123 by authorizing the extension of a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for storage incidental to the transportation of used batteries on Lots 1, 2, 6, & 7, Block 12, McPherson Acres Subdivision, Unit IV, located at 802 Gale Street; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed Conditional Use Permit extension.

 

2.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 3, Block 1694, Eastern Division, located at 2801 Clark Boulevard, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval 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 to Morgan Stern Merchant Bank, Ltd., for an electronic display on Lot 8, Block 24, Western Division, located at 1600 Water Street; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

4.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit to Morgan Stern Merchant Bank, Ltd., for an electronic display on Lot 8, Block 276A, Western Division, located at 1600 Water Street; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed Special Use Permit.

 

5.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 63.17 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A,” located south of Mines Road and east of Deer Creek Mobile Home Park, 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.

 

6.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 2, 4, 6, and 8, Block 532, Western Division, located at 1818 Bruni Street, 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 the proposed zone change.

 

7.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 31.74 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A,” located south of Del Mar Boulevard and west of Loop 20, from R-1 (Single Family Residential 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.

 

8.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 16.94 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A,” located south of Del Mar Boulevard and west of Loop 20, from R-1 (Single 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.

 

9.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 39.23 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A,” located south of Del Mar Boulevard and east of Loop 20, from R-1 (Single Family Residential 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.

 

10.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 30.30 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A,” located east of International Boulevard and north of Woodridge Drive from AG (Agricultural District) to R-1 (Single Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

11.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning all of Block 270, Eastern Division, located at 2001 Cedar 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.

 

12.      Public hearing 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 smoking and nonsmoking areas; providing criteria and procedural requirements for designated smoking areas; providing sign requirements; providing for violations, enforcement and penalties of the policies implementing this chapter; providing for severability; and providing for publication and effective date.

 

13.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances, Subsection (a) Section 30-1 by providing that $30,000.00 of the assessed value of residence homesteads of persons over sixty-five years of age on or before January 1st of any year shall be exempt from City ad valorem taxes, and providing for an effective date.

 

14.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute the vehicle capital replacement (VCR) Grant 0301 (22) Contract No. 51322F6002 with the Texas Department of Transportation in the total amount of $620,000.00; consisting of $496,000.00 in Federal funds, matching Transit Sales Tax funds of $124,000.00, and providing for grant/contract funds to be deposited in the City of Laredo Transit Fund account; and amending the Laredo Transit Fund to appropriate $620,000.00 for bus purchases.

 

15.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances Section 31-2, entitled “Policies and Procedures for Applicants Requesting Water and Sewer Extensions” by setting new policies and procedures to calculate the pro-rata share for reimbursement based on the line capacity; deleting references to Appendix I, “Calculating Pro-Rata Charges” and moving and amending said calculations to newly created subsection VI; providing for publication and an effective date.

 

16.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract with United Independent School District, and amend the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $19,950.00 for the Immunization Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning April 1, 2003 through August 31, 2003.

 

17.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo annual budget by decreasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $88,000.00 from the “Mosquito Abatement Project” of the City of Laredo Health Department for a two-year project period which began September 1, 2001 through August 31, 2003.

 

18.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 annual budget by appropriating funds in the amount of $70,000.00 from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ-formerly TNRCC) to continue the operation of the two continuous air monitoring stations (CAMS) by the City of Laredo Health Department for the contract period beginning September 1, 2003 through August 31, 2004.

 

19.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the FY 2002-2003 annual budget in the Fire Prevention and Arson Fund by accepting a donation of $500.00 from Wal-Mart Stores and appropriating said funds to purchase fire safety educational promotion materials for the Fire Prevention Division.

 

VIII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

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            A.        Request by Council Member Alfredo Agredano

1.        Status report on the Cielito Lindo Fire Station to include:  land, building, equipment, and personnel.

 

B.        Request by Mayor Pro Tempore John C. Galo

1.           Discussion on the current Zoning and Conditional Use Permit Ordinance(s), with suggestions to amend such ordinance(s).

 

2.           Status report on open records request complaints, with possible action.

 

C.        Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

1.      Discussion with possible action regarding traffic safety concerns at the intersection of International and Augusta Loop.

 

2.      Status report regarding traffic issues related to the construction at the intersection of Loop 20 and McPherson.

 

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

1.      Discussion with possible action regarding the installation of an area light at the 700 block of Antelope Lane.

 

2.      Discussion with possible action regarding the implementation of a pilot program to install raised platform type traffic calming devices.

 

     

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 


IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

21.      Authorizing the City Manager to grant a license to AT&T Corp., a New York Corporation, for the use of a telecommunications PVC conduit located at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge and the use of 555.5 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 August 4, 2003 and ending August 3, 2008.  Annual rent shall start at $7,600.00 with a five percent (5%) increase each anniversary date plus $5.00 per linear foot per year for the use of the right of way; providing for effective date.

 

22.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a rental car agency concession and lease agreement with Coastal Bend Rent a Car, Inc. d/b/a Avis Rent a Car for the approximate 133 square feet of office and counter space located in car rental space #5 and 19 parking spaces located at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for three (3) years commencing on July 1, 2003 and ending June 30, 2006.  Monthly rent shall be $4,583.33 or six percent (6%) of gross sales; whichever is greater; providing for an effective date.

 

23.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Rental Car Agency concession and lease agreement with Laredo Car Rental, Inc. (National Car Rental) for the approximate 165 square feet of office and counter spaces located in car rental space #3 and 19 parking spaces located at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for three (3) years commencing on July 1, 2003 and ending on June 30, 2006.  Monthly rent shall be $4,650.21 or six percent (6%) percent of gross sales; whichever is greater; providing for an effective date.

 

24.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a rental car agency concession and lease agreement with Enterprise Rent A Car Company of Texas, a Texas Corporation for the approximate 171 square feet of office and counter space located in car rental space #1 and 19 parking spaces located at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for three (3) years commencing on August 1, 2003 and ending on July 31, 2006.  Monthly rent shall be $5,200.00 or six percent (6%) of gross sales; whichever is greater; providing for an effective date.

 

25.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a rental car agency concession and lease agreement with Instant Signs, Inc., d/b/a Budget Rent A Car of Laredo for the approximate 171 square feet of office and counter space located in car rental space #2 and 19 spaces located at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop a the Laredo International Airport.  The term of the agreement is for three (3) years commencing on July 1, 2003 and ending on June 30, 2006.  Monthly fee will be $3,510.50 or six percent (6%) of gross sales; whichever is greater; providing for an effective date.

 

26.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a rental car agency concession and lease agreement with Southwest-Tex Leasing Company, Inc., d/b/a Advantage Rent A Car for the approximate 165 square feet of office and counter space located in car rental space #4 and 17 parking spaces located at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for three (3) years commencing on July 1, 2003 and ending on June 30, 2006.  Monthly rent shall be $5,064.00 or six percent (6%) of gross sales; whichever is greater; providing for an effective date.

 

27.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease and restaurant concession agreement with Carlos Bella d/b/a Villa Laredo Restaurant for approximately 1,116 square feet constituting suite number 101 on the first floor of the airport passenger terminal located at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for five  (5) years commencing on July 1, 2003 and ending on June 30, 2008.  Monthly rent shall be $2,000.00 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

28.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Webb County for approximately 1,000 square feet constituting Building No. S-3 located at 1703 Sandman Street at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on May 1, 2003 and ending on April 30, 2004, and may be extended for two (2) terms of one (1) year each ending on April 30, 2005 and April 30, 2006.  However, it is agreed by the parties that the lease may be terminated by either party upon giving a ninety (90) day written notice for the party terminating to the other.  Monthly rent shall be $400.00 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer  Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

X.        FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

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2003-O-155           Third and Final 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. 

 

2003-O-157           Amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $74,157.00 for the Border Health Vector Control Project (a binational effort) of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning June 1, 2003 through August 31, 2003.

 

2003-O-158           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 July 1, 2003 through June 30, 2004.

 

2003-O-159           Amending the City of Laredo 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 July 1, 2003 through June 30, 2004.  This grant includes funds for an existing Case Manager/Registered Nurse II position.

 

2003-O-160           Enter into an agreement with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the amount of $10,000.00 and amend the FY 2002-2003 City of Laredo budget by $10,000.00.  The agreement’s purpose is to reimburse costs of overtime incurred by the Laredo Police Department in providing resources for OCDETF (Organized Drug Enforcement Task Forces).  The term of this agreement is from October 1, 2002 through September 30, 2003.

 

2003-O-161           Authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute the Federal Administration Grant, Section 5307, in the amount of $3,613,392.00 for fiscal year 2002-2003; and amending the Transit System Operating Budget by increasing the Federal Transit Administration operating grant contribution from $3,500,000.00 to $3,613,392.00 and decreasing the sales tax match for operating expenses from $3,796,046.00 to $3,682,654.00 and providing for grant funds to be deposited in the City of Laredo Transit Fund.

 

2003-O-162           Authorizing the City Manager to execute a multi-year lease with sole bidder, U.E.T.A. of Texas, Inc., for approximately 7,700 square feet of unbuilt retail space located adjacent to the upcoming new bridge administration building at Bridge I at the corner of Convent and Water Street.

a.      Lease term is for twenty (20) years.

b.      Rent:   Yrs. 1-4 - $8,000.00 per month.

                 Yrs. 5-8 - $8,160.00 per month

                        Yrs. 9-12 - $8,323.17 per month

             Yrs. 13-16 - $8,489.67 per month

                       Yrs. 17-20 - $8,659.50 per month

Percentage rent: In addition to the annual rent, tenant shall pay, on a yearly basis, three percent (3%) of each dollar of gross revenue for the first $3,000,000.00 and three and one-half percent (3.5%) of each dollar of gross revenue above $3,000,000.00.

 

2003-O-163           Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with AT&T Wireless Services of San Antonio, Inc., a Texas Corporation d/b/a AT&T Wireless for approximately 20 X 20 feet of ground space at the La Bota Water Tower located at 14100 FM 1472, Laredo, Webb County, Texas and being more fully described in Exhibit “A” of lease agreement to construct on such premises a 150 foot self supporting type tower and related equipment building for use with its communications business.  Term of the lease is five (5) years commencing July 21, 2003 and ending July 20, 2008 with four (4) successive renewal terms for five (5) years.  Annual base rent shall be $8,652.00 each year during the term of the lease and will be increased by four percent (4%) on each anniversary of the commencement date, providing for effective date.  (As amended)

 

2003-O-164           Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with AT&T Wireless Services of San Antonio, Inc., a Texas Corporation d/b/a AT&T Wireless for approximately 20 X 20 feet of ground space at the Del Mar Tower located at 610 Del Mar Blvd., Laredo, Webb County, Texas and being more fully described in Exhibit “A” of lease agreement to construct on such premises a 150 foot self supporting type tower and related equipment building for use with its communications business.  Term of the lease is five (5) years commencing July 21, 2003 and ending July 20, 2008 with four (4) successive renewal terms for five (5) years.  Annual base rent shall be $8,652.00 each year during the term of the lease and will be increased by four percent (4%) on each anniversary of the commencement date, providing for effective date.  (As amended)

 

2003-O-165           Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with AT&T Wireless Services of San Antonio, Inc., a Texas Corporation d/b/a AT&T Wireless for approximately 20 X 20 feet of ground space at the McPherson Tower located at 8711 McPherson, Laredo, Webb County, Texas and being fully described on Exhibit “A” of lease agreement to construct on such premises a 120 foot self-supporting type tower and related equipment building for use with its communications business.  Term of the lease is five (5) years commencing July 21, 2003 and ending July 20, 2008 with four (4) successive renewal terms of five (5) years.  Annual base rent shall be $8,652.00 each year during the term of he lease and will be increased by four percent (4%) on each anniversary of the commencement date, providing for effective date.  (As amended)

 

2003-O-166           Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with AT&T Wireless Services of San Antonio, Inc., a Texas Corporation d/b/a AT&T Wireless for approximately 20 X 20 feet of ground space at the South Milmo water station located on South Milmo and Monterrey, Laredo, Webb County, Texas and being fully described on Exhibit “A” of lease agreement to construct on such premises a 120 feet self-supporting type tower and related equipment building for use with its communications business.  Term of the lease is five (5) years commencing July 21, 2003 and ending July 20, 2008 with four (4) successive renewal terms of five (5) years.  Annual base rent shall be $8,652.00 each year during the term of he lease and will be increased by four percent (4%) on each anniversary of the commencement date, providing for effective date.  (As amended)

 

2003-O-167           Closing of vehicular traffic those sections of:

a.        the south one half section of Santa Cleotilde Avenue between Baltimore Street and the north access road of the Lafayette overpass bridge; and,

b.        the north one half section of Santa Cleotilde Avenue between Madison Street and the south access road of the Lafayette overpass bridge; and,

c.         the north and south access roads of the Lafayette overpass bridge between Main and Santa Rita Avenues including its intersection with Santa Cleotilde Avenue;

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

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

30.  2003-R-071        Accepting the assignment of 62.153 acre feet of municipal water rights from the balance of 306.7655 acre feet deeded to the City of Laredo by Vaquillas Ranch Company, Ltd. by applying 20.249 acre feet of municipal water rights for water availability charges and 9.954 acre feet for the installation of water meters in connection with the final plat of Monarch Townhouses; 3.6 acre feet of municipal water rights for water availability charges in connection with the final plat of Concord Hills Phase VII; and 18.95 acre feet of municipal water rights for water availability charges and 9.4 for annexation charges in connection with the final plat of Concord Hills Phase IX.

 

31.  2003-R-072        Resolving that the City Manager be authorized to execute a landlord subordination agreement between the City of Laredo, as Landlord, the Huntington National Bank, as lender, and R.G. Barry of Corporation, as lessee, thereby subordinating the lease agreement authorized by Ordinance No. 89-O-221 dated November 2, 1989 at the Laredo International Airport to the lender.

 

32.  2003-R-078        Directing AEP Texas Central Company to file certain information (“Rate Filing Package”) with the City of Laredo; setting a date for the filing of the company’s analysis of why existing rates should not be reduced; authorizing the hiring of legal counsel and consultants; and requiring the reimbursement of the City of Laredo’s rate case expenses.

 

XII.      MOTIONS

 

33.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of one custom fire truck through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (Buy Board) contract from American La France Gulf Coast, Houston, Texas, in the total amount of $330,572.00.  This is a replacement fire truck that will be assigned to Station 9.  Delivery is expected within six to eight months.  Funding has been budgeted from PPFCO bond proceeds.

 

34.      Consideration to award annual contract FY03-102, to the low bidder, JJJ International & Safety, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $112,846.50 for providing traffic paint for the Traffic Department-Safety Division and the Airport Department.  This contract establishes the unit pricing for traffic paint and glass beads used for street and runway/taxiway striping for a one-year period.  All items will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Traffic Safety and Airport-Ground Maintenance budget.

 

35.      Consideration to award FY03-085 to Ferrara Firefighting Equipment, New Braunfels, Texas, in the amount of $27,538.00 for the purchase of twenty-five sets of structural fire fighting protective clothing for the Fire Department.  The set includes the fire coat, trousers, knee boots, gloves, hoods, suspenders, and helmets.  Funding is available in the 2003 PPFCO Contractual Obligation bond.

 

36.      Consideration to award contract FY03-097 to the low bidders, Dr. Ike’s Home Center, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $19,091.00 and Rob K Concrete Products, Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $21,425.00 for providing rebar and wire mesh for a one year period.  This contract establishes contract pricing for these materials used for construction or repair projects.  All materials will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Public Works budget and the Capital Improvement Fund.

 

37.      Consideration to award an architectural engineering (A/E) contract in the amount not to exceed $177,000.00 to Architects Plus, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Eleden Recreational Facility Project.  Funding is available in the 28th Action Year, Community Development Projects.

 

38.      Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Freese and Nichols, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, for the construction, reconstruction and rehabilitation of airport pavement areas and other aeronautical improvements at the Laredo International Airport and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.  Award of A/E contract is subject to funding availability.

 

39.      Consideration for approval of change order No. 1 an increase of $102,257.00 to the construction contract with Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Zacate Linear Park Phases III, IV & V scope of work I-sidewalks for additional construction of sidewalks and handrails from an apparent miscalculation of quantities.  Funding is available in the Community Development Project-Zacate Creek Phase III, IV & V.

 

40.      Consideration to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder Triple A Concrete, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the CDBG Sidewalks City-Wide Project No. 21 (30 blocks) in the base bid amount of $169,793.10.  Funding is available in the  28th Action Year School Sidewalks.

 

41.      Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Sepulveda Associates, Inc., for the Laredo International Airport roof repairs for Building No. 132, 134, 1054 and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the Airport Fund-storm/wind damages.

 

42.      Consideration for approval of change order No. 3 a decrease of $58,060.00 to the construction contract with Modern Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the New Laredo Municipal Court Building Project for reconstruction of four (4) existing handrails at exterior stairways and to comply with ADA requirements and to conduct ADA and PEW allowances.  Funding is available in the  2000A CO Issue Municipal Court Project.

 

43.      Consideration for approval of the plans and specifications for Phase II of the City of Laredo Residential South Sound Insulation Program, as part of the Federal Aviation regulation part 150 Noise Compatibility Program; and authorization to advertise for bids for said plans and specifications.  The program is funded through Federal Aviation Administration Grant #35 for noise abatement.

 

44.      Approving the submission of the 2003 Consolidated Plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to request for funding though the 29th Action Year Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in the amount of $4,407,000.00; the 2003 HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) in the amount of $1,454,026.00; and the 2003 Shelter Grant (ESG) in the amount of $150,000.00 and authorizing the City Manager to execute all documents as a result of the Plan’s submission.

 

45.      Consideration to reject the two bids received for the remediation of building foundation settlement for an estimated 26 single family housing units constructed as part of the Los Obispos Affordable Housing Project since bids received were incomplete and did not meet bid specifications.

 

46.      Consideration to authorize the City Manager to negotiate a contract with CastleGarde, Tampa, Florida, to conduct a security assessment of the Laredo Bridge System’s computer network, system, internet, and application security.  The security assessment will identify all computer network security exposures that may exist and provide recommendations to prevent, eliminate or at least minimize the exposure of intrusion.  The negotiated contract will be  presented to the City Council at a subsequent meeting for final approval.  Funding is available in the  Laredo Bridge System budget.

 

47.      Approving a reimbursement agreement with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to reimburse the airport for law enforcement services associated with the passenger screening checkpoint, and authorizing the City Manager to execute said agreement.  The total estimated cost of this agreement is $423,714.50 over the term of the agreement.  The effective date is of this agreement is retroactive from June 1, 2003 and shall continue in effect until September 30, 2007 or until earlier terminated by the parties.

 

48.      Consideration to authorize the City Manager to negotiate and execute a contract with Crystal Group, Inc, a Texas Corporation, for the purpose of hosting the “Miss Texas USA Pageant” for the next five years (the years 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008). Funding is budgeted in the LCVB Operating Budget FY 2003/2004.

 

49.      Consideration to award contract FY03-081 to the low bidder, Air Gas, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $40,000.00 for providing welding gases, welding rods, cut links used by the service departments and medical oxygen used by the Fire Department.  This is an annual contract and all line items will purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the  following departmental budgets:  Traffic Safety-Fleet Maintenance, Parks and Recreation Department and Fire Department.

 

50.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract with Miller & Van Eaton, P.L.L.C., Washington, D.C., in an amount of $120,000.00, billed at a rate of $6,000.00 per month plus related expenses, for the period beginning May 1, 2003 and ending December 31, 2004, to provide Washington representation, meaning, advice concerning, and advocacy of, the City’s position on federal-city relations and the federal appropriations process.  Funding is available in General Fund.

 

51.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute the State Homeland Security Grant Program Subrecipient Agreement between the City of Laredo and the Texas Engineering Extension Service “TEEX” to perform certain project tasks for the period beginning July 1, 2003 and ending on April 30, 2005, and accepting total grant award in the amount of $1,195,134.00.

 

52.      Approving monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amount to be adjusted for the month of June 2003 represents an increase of $16,651.74.  These adjustments are determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

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

a.          A refund in the amount of $1,316.78 payable to Ruben Lara, Jr., and Graciela due to an overpayment by taxpayer.  Account #909-00007-850.

b.          A refund in the amount of $668.24 payable to George A. & Christine M. Aguirre due to a double payment on behalf of Border Abstract and Transamerican Real Estate.  Account #969-30009-160.

c.           A refund in the amount of $1,054.97 payable to EAB Leasing Corporation due to a double payment made on the 2001 taxes.  Account #801-05020-112.

d.          A refund in the amount of $775.56 payable to Wells Fargo Real Estate Tax due to a double payment made by the taxpayer and Wells Fargo.  Account #991-20002-110. 

e.          A refund in the amount of $1,027.83 payable to Wells Fargo Real Estate Tax due to a double payment made by Border Title and Wells Fargo.  Account #973-10004-100. 

f.             A refund in the amount of $731.80 payable to Wells Fargo Real Estate Tax due to a double payment made by the taxpayer and Wells Fargo.  Account #965-30005-020. 

g.          A refund in the amount of $632.93 payable to Wells Fargo Real Estate Tax due to a double payment made by Webb County Title and Wells Fargo.  Account #989-00006-140. 

h.           A refund in the amount of $585.70 payable to Wells Fargo Real Estate Tax due to a double payment made by Neel Title Abstract and Wells Fargo.  Account #980-70004-040.

i.             A refund in the amount of $1,043.66 payable to Wells Fargo Real Estate Tax due to a double payment made by Neel Title Abstract and Wells Fargo.  Account #989-10002-230. 

j.             A refund in the amount of $1,047.88 payable to Wells Fargo Real Estate Tax due to a double payment made by Neel Title Abstract and Wells Fargo.  Account #987-20002-230.

k.           A refund in the amount of $825.75 payable to Wells Fargo Real Estate Tax due to a double payment made by Neel Title Abstract and Wells Fargo.  Account #983-40001-130.

l.             A refund in the amount of $508.21 payable to Transamerica Real Estate Tax Service Refund Department due to a double payment by taxpayer and Transamerica.  Account #968-81001-014.

 

XIII.     STAFF REPORTS

 

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

           

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.

 

55.      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.      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, July 16, 2003 at 6:30 p.m.

 

 

 

                       

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary