CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2003-R-15

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

AUGUST 4, 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

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

a.      Recognition by the Mayor and City Council Members of City Departments for their contribution and participation in the 2003 American Cancer Society Relay for Life event.

 

Communiqués

a.      Presentation by Kiki de Ayala, Arena Ventures, regarding master plan for the development of land around the arena, with possible action.

 


VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS, AND COMMITTEES

 

a.      Appointing Patricia Vela as Lay Representative and Aurora Juarez as alternate Lay Representative to the South Texas Library System for a two year term (October 2003 through September 30, 2005), in accordance with the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Rules for Administering the Library Systems Act, Texas Administrative Code, Title 13 Part I, Chapter 1, Section 1.123.

 

b.      Appointment by Council Member Juan Ramirez of Jaime Stewart to the Para Transit Advisory Committee.

 

VII.             PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 annual budget by increasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $20,000.00 in additional funds from the Texas Department of Health – Office of Border Health for the Border Health Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning July 1, 2003, through September 30, 2003.  These funds were awarded specifically for the “Los Dos Laredos” Binational Health Conference that will be held on September 11-12, 2003. 

 

2.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 30 Taxation, Article II, Hotel Occupancy Tax, Section 30-19; Reports; Payment, for the collection of monthly hotel-motel taxes instead of quarterly taxes, to coincide with the Texas Statutes, Chapter 156, Hotel-Motel Occupancy Tax 156.151, Report and Payment; providing for publication and effective date.

 

3.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 Parking Meter Fund budget by appropriating a draw down of $1,000,000.00 from the opening balance and appropriating it for land acquisition.  The project consists of land acquisition and construction of a surface municipal parking lot in the downtown area.  Parking Meter Fund will be reimbursed from the proceeds of a proposed Parking Meter Fund Certificate of Obligation Bond.  (Contingent upon approval of Resolution 2003-R-087)

 

4.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 General Fund and Bridge System Fund budgets by transferring $3,500,000.00 from General Fund and appropriating it in the Bridge System Fund.  The amendment will draw down $3,500,000.00 from the General Fund opening balance and appropriate a transfer out of $3,500,000.00 to the Bridge System Fund for the purpose of constructing, improving and necessary land acquisition for the Bridge I Project.  General Fund will be reimbursed from the proceeds of a Toll Bridge System Revenue Bond.  (Contingent upon approval of Resolution 2003-R-086)

 

5.            Public hearing and introductory ordinance accepting a grant awarded by the Criminal Justice Division, Office of the Governor for the amount of $45,058.00 and amending the City of Laredo’s 2002-2003 annual budget in the amount of $7,942.00 to fund the Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grant.  The Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division is contributing $45,058.00 with the City of Laredo designating $5,007.00 in matching funds. This funding will be used to pay for the salaries and fringe benefits of an Administrative Assistant II position and to purchase the necessary equipment to expand information within its current intelligence database for its juvenile program. Grant period is from August 1, 2003 through July 31, 2004.  (Contingent upon approval of Resolution 2003-R-084)

 

6.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo’s 2002-2003 annual budget in the amount of $164,778.00 to fund the Laredo Multi-Agency Narcotics Task Force. The Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division will be designating $1,142,115.00, and the City of Laredo and participating agencies will be designating $354,778.00 in matching funds for a total amount of $1,496,893.00.  Funding will be used to pay salaries, fringe benefits, direct operating expenses, and equipment from July 1, 2003 through May 31, 2004.

 

7.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo 2002-2003 annual budget to reflect an appropriation for the development of the West Laredo Multimodal Trade Corridor.  The appropriation of $3,250,000.00 comes from the FY 2002 Federal Transportation Spending Bill.

 

8.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a budget amendment appropriating funds from the Federal Transit Administration Grant No. TX 90X575 from FY 2001-2002 in the amount  of $529,620.00 to be used  for operating expenses in FY 2002-2003 increasing the Federal contribution from $3,613,392.00 to $4,143,012.00 and decreasing the sales tax match for operating expenses from $3,682,654.00 to $3,153,034.00 and transferring $529,620.00 into sales tax reserve appropriation.

 

VIII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

9.

 
 


A.        Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore John C. Galo

1.           Discussion on the pros and cons of acquiring Camino Columbia Toll Road, with possible action.

2.           Discussion on the enforcement of taxicab regulations, with possible action.

 

B.        Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding the City’s purchase of heavy service truck tires for $1.00 during the City’s tire collection campaign.

2.           Status report on street lights at the 100 and 200 blocks of Convent.

3.           Request to stripe a right turn lane westbound on Park Street at the intersection of San Dario.

         

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

IX.       FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

10.

 
                       

2003-O-168           Adding new Chapter 34 to the Code of Ordinances, consisting of Sections 101-109; providing for definitions; setting forth prohibited financial interest of City officers and City employees; providing for forfeiture if there is a conflict of interest as defined herein; providing for voiding of any contract entered into in violation of this ordinance; providing for relationship to Chapter 171 of the Local Government Code; providing for publication; and providing for effective date.

 

2003-O-169           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. 

 

2003-O-170           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. 

 

2003-O-171           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. 

 

2003-O-172           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. 

 

2003-O-173           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. 

 

2003-O-174           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. 

 

2003-O-175           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. 

 

2003-O-176           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. 

 

2003-O-177           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. 

 

2003-O-178           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. 

 

2003-O-180           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.

 

2003-O-181           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.

 

2003-O-182           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.  (As amended)

 

2003-O-183           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.

 

2003-O-184           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.

 

2003-O-185           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.

 

2003-O-186           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.

 

2003-O-188           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.

 

2003-O-189           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.

 

2003-O-190           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.

 

2003-O-191           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.

 

2003-O-192           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.

 

2003-O-193           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.

 

2003-O-194           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.        RESOLUTIONS

 

11.  2003-R-074          Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.0310 of an acre parcel of land, more or less, from Juan Camacho and Carolina Camacho, as a Utility Easement, for the Pueblo Nuevo Subdivision Right-of-Way and Easement Acquisition Project.  Said parcel of land being out of Lot 5, Block 12, Pueblo Nuevo Subdivision, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

12.  2003-R-075        Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.0275 of an acre parcel of land, more or less, from Jesus Ascencio, as a Utility Easement, for the Pueblo Nuevo Subdivision Right-of-Way and Easement Acquisition Project.  Said parcel of land being out of Lot 3, Block 11, Pueblo Nuevo Subdivision, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

13.  2003-R-076      Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.0275 of an acre parcel of land, more or less, from Genaro Robles and Elidia Robles, as a Utility Easement, for the Pueblo Nuevo  Subdivision Right-of-Way and Easement Acquisition Project.  Said parcel of land being out of Lot 2, Block 12, Pueblo Nuevo Subdivision, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

14.  2003-R-077      Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.1019 of an acre parcel of land, more or less, from Felix De Leon, as a Utility Easement, for the Pueblo Nuevo Subdivision Right-of-Way and Easement Acquisition Project.  Said parcel of land being out of Lot 1, Block 18, Pueblo Nuevo Subdivision, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being generally described below, and more particularly described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibits “A & B”.

 

15.  2003-R-079      Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division in the amount of $80,000.00 with the City designating $55,200.00 in matching funds for a total of $135,200.00 for funding a Domestic Violence Grant under the Violence against Women Act (VAWA) for the period of September 1, 2003 through August 31, 2004.

 

16.  2003-R-080      Authorizing the City Manager to participate in a grant offered by the Texas Automobile Theft Prevention Authority.  Whereby, the Texas Theft Prevention Authority will be designating $282,205.00, the City of Laredo will be designating $134,887.00 in matching funds, and Webb County will be designating $23,430.00 in matching funds for a total of $441,122.00.  This grant is from September 1, 2003 through August 31, 2004.

 

17.  2003-R-081      Accepting a grant awarded from the Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division in the amount of $1,142,115.00 to fund the Laredo Multi-Agency Narcotics Task Force.  The Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division will be designating $1,142,115.00, the City of Laredo and participating agencies will be designating $354,778.00 in matching funds, for a total amount of $1,496,893.00, for a one year funding period program beginning July 1, 2003 through May 31, 2004.

 

18.  2003-R-082      Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.9183 of an acre, more or less, parcel of land, from Home-Mart, Inc., a Texas Corporation, and 359 East Royal Land, L. C., and a Texas Limited Liability Company, for the construction of an elevated water storage tank at State Highway 359.  Said parcel of land being situated in Porcion 32, Abstract 296, and being out of Tract 7, Las Blancas Subdivion, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

19.  2003-R-083        Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a ten-foot-wide utility easement from Quicksilver Enterprises Ltd., a Texas Limited Partnership, for the construction of municipal water utility lines in the San Isidro-McPherson Subdivision, Phase IV.  Said ten-foot-wide utility easement consisting of: Waterline Easement No. 1 – a 2,273 square foot tract, Waterline Easement No. 2 – a 6,349 square foot tract, and Waterline Easement No. 3 – a 7,396 square foot tract, and being out of Lot 4, Block 1, San Isidro-McPherson Subdivision, Phase IV, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.   

 

20.  2003-R-084      Authorizing the City Manager to revise Resolution 2002-R-110 to submit a grant with the Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division.  The Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division will be funding 90% of the Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grant and the City of Laredo will be designating 10% in matching funds.  Funding will be used to pay for the salaries and fringe benefits of an Administrative Assistant II and to purchase necessary supplies in support of the juvenile program.  (Approve before Public Hearing and Introductory Ordinance #5)

 

21.  2003-R-085      Resolving that the City Manager be authorized to execute a Subordination, Non-Disturbance and Attornment Agreement with the City of Laredo, as Landlord, ASA Group, Ltd., a Texas Limited Partnership and K Trading Group, LLC, General Partner, as Tenant, and International Bank of Commerce, as Mortgagee, thereby subordinating to the bank’s mortgage of the lease agreement for approximately 3.135 acres constituting Tract 6 of Block 1 and approximately 3.135 acres constituting Tract 7 of Block 1 of the Subdivision Plat of the Laredo International Airport Terminal Subdivision located at the Laredo International Airport that was authorized by Ordinance No. 2001-O-278 dated November 26, 2001.

 

22.  2003-R-086          A resolution expressing official intent to reimburse cost associated with constructing and improving the pedestrian way for Bridge of the Americas, Bridge No. 1, constructing Building E as entrance to pedestrian way, the overhead pedestrian way to the Administration building and the entrance to the toll bridge by pedestrians, together with necessary land acquisition.  (Approve before Public Hearing and Introductory Ordinance #4)

 

23.  2003-R-087          A resolution expressing official intent to reimburse cost associated with land acquisition and construction of a surface municipal parking lot in the downtown area.  (Approve before Public Hearing and Introductory Ordinance #3)

 

24.  2003-R-089          Supporting a site change for the erection of the Veteran’s Monument from the Laredo Civic Center grounds to the Laredo National Bank located at the corner of Matamoros and Santa Ursula contingent on meeting legal requirements and compliance measures associated with public fund expenditures.

 

25.  2003-R-090          Authorizing the City Manager to submit three (3) grant applications and to accept three (3) Airport Improvement Program Grants from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the amount of $1,314,480.00 for the purpose of reconstructing a portion of the taxiway system and to make repairs and modifications to the Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting Building and to accept a second grant in the amount of $3,000,000.00 for the purpose of continuing implementation of Laredo’s FAR Part 150 Airport Noise Compatibility Program, and to accept a third grant in an amount not yet determined, if offered, for the purpose of augmenting reconstruction of the taxiway system and acknowledging the availability of the City’s ten percent local matching funds.

 

XI.       MOTIONS

 

26.      Consideration to reschedule the regular City Council meeting of September 1, 2003 to September 2, 2003 due to the Labor Day holiday and to approve a Special City Council Meeting for September 22, 2003 for the adoption of the budget and tax rate.

 

27.      Accepting the donation of a 31 foot 2 inch diameter water fountain from Mall del Norte.  Removal of fountain shall be completed under terms and conditions as agreed between the City of Laredo and Mall del Norte.  Relocation/installation of fountain shall be the Laredo International Airport grounds.  Both removal and installation shall be completed in-house by Public Works Department.

 

28.      Consideration to authorize the installation of a speed hump on the 700 Block of Seymour Avenue in accordance with the Speed Hump Installation Policy under the special provision for installation; project costs are estimated at $1,500.00; accident data was obtained indicating that a safety hazard does exist on that section of the roadway.  Funding will be made available from Capital Improvement Project-City Council District III.

 

29.      Consideration to exercise the renewal option for the professional services contract FY01-135 between the City of Laredo and Deer Oaks Mental Health Associates for the employee assistance program and to authorize the City Manager to execute all contract documents.  Deer Oaks Mental Health  Services include family, grief, financial, substance abuse counseling and stress management for City employees.  It is estimated that the program will incur a cost of approximately $50,000.00.  Funding is available in the  Health Benefits budget of the Employee Health Division.

 

30.      Consideration to exercise the renewal option for the professional services contract FY01-131 between the City of Laredo and Dr. A.G. Pellegrin, M.D., to perform drug and alcohol testing pursuant to the City’s Drug and Alcohol Policy and authorizing the City Manager to execute all documents.  The term of this contract shall be for a period of two years.  It is estimated that the Drug & Alcohol Program will incur an annual cost of approximately $50,000.00.  All services are requested on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the health benefits budget of the Employee Health Division.

 

31.       Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement (Memorandum of Understanding) with the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio (UTHSC-SA) for the purpose of establishing collaboration between the following entities in the City of Laredo:  the Fire and Health Departments and other entities as necessary, and the UTHSC-SA, specifically the School of Allied Health Sciences the Department of Emergency Medical Technology and the Center for Public Health Preparedness and Biomedical Research.  This MOU will enhance the   International Academy of Emergency Preparedness Activities already initiated in Laredo.

 

32.      Consideration for approval of a design/build consultant and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract for the modifications to the City of Laredo Health Department located at 2600 Cedar Avenue.  Award of contract is contingent upon the availability of funds and upon the Texas Department of Health-WIC Division approval of the use of grant funds for this project.

 

33.      Consideration to award contract number FY03-092 to the low bidder meeting specifications, Precision Delta Corporation, Ruleville, MS, in the amount of $49,125.00 for the purchase of duty and practice ammunition for the Police Department.  Bids were requested on the following ammunition types:  .45 ACP, 9mm, 40 caliber, 38 caliber, and 223 caliber.  The Police Department’s recommendation is based on a specific brand of ammunition.  Funding is available in the Police Department budget.

 

34.      Consideration to award contract number FY03-106 to the low bidder, Pabco Industries, Newark, NJ in the amount of $67,020.00 for the purchase of 1.5 million plastic bags for use in the City’s Recycling Program.  The bid pricing is same as the previous purchase amount.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

35.      Consideration to reject all bids FY03-091 received for the purchase and installation of an acoustical ceiling at the Civic Center ballroom and authorize that new bids be solicited.  The bid pricing exceeded the budget estimate $25,000.00 and bids exceeding this threshold will require the contract vendor to provide performance bonds.  The bid specifications will be modified to include provisions for these bonds.

 

36.       Consideration to award contract number FY03-094 to the sole bidder, Royal Treat Car Wash, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $56,000.00, for furnishing car wash services for the City's automotive fleet.  Bids were requested on car wash service with and without inside vacuum.  All services are secured on an as needed basis.  The bid pricing increased approximately 50% from the previous contract period.  Funding is available in the Fleet Fund.

 

37.      Consideration to reject all bids FY03-064 received for the purchase and installation of a pneumatic tube system at International Bridge II and to include the project requirements for this type of system as part of the El Portal Project.  A pneumatic tube system will be needed at both International Bridge I and II to transport monies from the individual lanes to the main buildings.  It is the City’s desire to have the same system at both bridges that will be serviced and maintained by the same company.

 

38.      Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into a License Agreement on behalf of the City of Laredo Convention and Visitors Bureau with the Laredo National Bank, a national banking association, for the exclusive license to the logo “Viva Laredo” in connection with the City’s advertising campaigns in the United States and Mexico.

 

39.      Amending a contract with CH2MHILL, San Antonio, Texas, for $27,400.00 to include additional basic engineering services and surveying services required to design the water line extension oversize and plat the booster pump station and ground storage tank site for Mines Planning Area - Work Order #2 and to extend the contract time to an additional 180 days. The amendment brings the total contract amount to $268,930.00 and the design completion date of October 15, 2003. Funding is available in the Colonias Project Engineering Fees.

 

40.      Amending a contract with Crane Engineering, Corporation, Laredo, Texas, for $30,306.00 to include additional basic engineering services and surveying services for the design of the over-sized water transmission line on Hwy 359. The amendment brings the total contract amount to $190,451.34. Funding is available in the Project Engineer Fees.

 

41.      Awarding a construction contract to the lowest bidder, Peltier Brothers Construction, Ltd., Houston, Texas, in the amount of $581,000.00 for the Lyon Street 6 MG Ground Storage Tank Repairs. The project consists of stabilization of ring foundation and floor of tank by polymeric compaction grouting, repair of floor-foundation and wall foundation joints to prevent leaking, and interior lining with rubber polymer membrane and elastomeric poly-urethane coatings. The construction time is 180 calendar days.  Funding is available in the Lyon Tank Improvements.

 

XII.      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.

 

42.      Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072 in order to deliberate on the value of, and possible exchange of real property located in an around the Laredo International Airport, 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.

 

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

 

43.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of three (3) 2003 Ford 150 Bi-Fuel CNG pickups through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) Cooperative Purchasing Program in the total amount of $59,409.00.  Trucks will be CNG unleaded with air condition and trailer tow package.  Delivery is expected within 40 days.  Funding is available in the FTA Grant TX-90-499.

 

44.      Authorizing the City Manager to exercise an option to purchase five (5) buses (35ft CNG) in contract with National Bus Sales and Leasing, Inc.

 

45.      To adopt the directive for the Para Transit Advisory Committee as an Ad-Hoc Committee created to assist and advise the City Council and Laredo Transit Management, Inc. staff regarding transit services for persons with disabilities and the elderly and the implementation of Paratransit Eligibility and Certification Program.

 

XIV.     RECESS AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD AND RECONVENE AS   THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL

 

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 23, 2003 at 7:00 p.m.

 

 

                                                                       

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary