CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2003-R-017

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

SEPTEMBER 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.

 

Out of consideration for all attendees of the City Council meetings, please turn off all cellular phones and pagers, or place on inaudible signal.  Thank you for your consideration.

 

 I.         CALL TO ORDER

 

II.         PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

III.        ROLL CALL

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

Approval of the minutes of June 16, 2003, August 1, 2003 and August 19, 2003.

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

a.      Recognition of Sergeant Jorge Luis Lugo, Jr., for serving our country in the US Army in Iraq to pursue our freedom and democracy. 

 

b.      Recognition of the Del Mar Little League for winning District Champs and State Finalists. 

 

c.      Recognizing Manuel "Blinker" Perez as the only Coach and Manager to have taken five teams to the Little League State Tournament in 1978, 1981-1983 and again in 1993 and for over 25 years of dedicated volunteer service to the advancement of Little League players in Laredo. 

 

Communiqués

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

           

a.      Appointment by Council Member Jose A. Valdez, Jr., of Jose Gamez to the Para Transit Advisory Committee.

 

b.      Appointment by Council Member Jose A. Valdez, Jr., of Esterina Pulido to the Laredo Commission for Women.

 

VII.             PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Laredo Land Development Code, Section 24.77.1, entitled Dimensional Standards, by revising the maximum building height requirements in certain zoning districts; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed ordinance amendment.

 

2.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance of an ordinance amending Chapter 3:  Subdivision Design Standards, Section 3-6:  Lots and Lot Arrangements, Paragraph J. Laboratory Testing, of the Subdivision Ordinance of the City of Laredo by allowing a developer to select the testing laboratory for ordinance compliance, providing for publication and effective date.

 

3.           Public hearing for the adoption of a tax rate of $0.641761 per $100.00 value.  This is to provide revenue for the General Fund for the Maintenance and Operation and for the payment on the Debt Service.  This rate includes $0.500648 per $100.00 value of the Maintenance and Operation and $0.141113 per $100.00 value for the Interest and Sinking Fund of the Debt Service and will produce a tax levy of $38,455,159.00. 

 

4.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo’s FY 2002-2003 General Fund annual budget to increase revenues and expenditures in the amount of $175,000.00 for attorney fees paid to De Anda Law Firm.  Expenditures will only be incurred and disbursed if the revenue is collected by the Tax Department. 

 

5.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances, Section 2-9 to provide access to database in order to inspect City property tax records via the internet; adding definitions and basic terms of the access agreement; changing term to be for one (1) year with an automatic renewal for one (1) year unless otherwise indicated by either party; deleting the equipment fee; deleting the reference to exhibit A, “The Standard Agreement,” providing for severability and effective date. 

 

6.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount $346,993.00 in funds from the Texas Department Health and $57,012.00 in program income for the Maternal and Child Health (MCH-Title V) Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2003, through August 31, 2004; and amending the City of Laredo’s full-time equivalent positions. 

 

7.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount $21,657.00 in funds from the Texas Department of Health for the Laredo Obesity Prevention and Control Project (LOPAC) of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2003 through August 31, 2004.

 

8.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $69,464.00 in funds from the Texas Department of Health and $16,600.00 in program income for the La Familia Health Care Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2003 through February 29, 2004.

 

9.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $81,751.00 in funds from the Texas Department of Health in the Family Planning Services of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 2003, through August 31, 2004; and amending the 2002-2003 full time equivalent positions. 

 

10.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances as follows:  Chapter 2, Article II, Division 6 (Pay Administration), Section 2-87.7 (12)(a) except as otherwise stated in any collective bargaining agreement and providing for publication and effective date of September 28, 2003 for a cost of living increase of 1.6%.

 

VIII.           GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

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                        A.        Request by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores

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Discussion with possible action on request to consider conversion of Palo Blanco Street to a one way west from Louisiana Street to Zapata Highway.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Alfredo Agredano)

           

            B.        Request by Council Member Alfredo Agredano

1.           Presentation by former gang member regarding UISD Gang Intervention Program.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.)

 

C.        Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

1.      Discussion with possible action regarding City of Laredo accounts payable and accounts receivable policies.

 

2.      Discussion with possible action regarding the placement of “No Parking” signs and other safety concerns at Borchers Elementary.

 

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

1.           Discussion with possible action requesting the City Manager to have Public Works crews to construct sidewalks on east side of Juarez from Lafayette to Burnside and on Bristol Road from Riverbank Road to Allen (northside) to be paid from District VII Discretionary Funds. 

         

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

12.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey a 0.0835 of an acre (twelve-foot), more or less, parcel of land, as a Utility Easement to AEP Texas Central Company, for the extension of an overhead 3-phase primary line to serve a proposed wastewater lift station in the Wyndum Terrace Subdivision.  Said 0.0835 of an acre (twelve-foot) easement being out of tract of land previously conveyed to the City of Laredo for the North Laredo Wastewater Treatment Plant; and providing for an effective date. 

 

13.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey two parcels of land to the Texas Mexican Railway Company, said parcels being:  Tract 1 – a 3,272 square foot parcel of land and Tract 2 – an 868 square foot parcel of land, in exchange for two other parcels of land: Tract 3 – a 10,640 square foot parcel of land, and Tract 4 – a 653 square foot parcel of land.  All four parcels are situated in that section of Salinas Avenue that lies between Washington Street and Moctezuma Street, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; and providing for an effective date.  

 

14.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement between the City of Laredo, as Lessor and Clemente M. Bedia, as Lessee for approximately 624.77 sq. ft. of building space to be used as a (WIC) Woman, Infant and Children Food Store at the area commonly known as 2300 Saltillo part of the Mario Tijerina Park site, for a term of one year at a monthly rate of $300.00 per month and will be adjusted annually according to Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective. 

 

15.      Adopting a new health and dental benefits rate structure by   increasing all medical contribution amounts by five percent (5%) and all dental contributions by ten percent (10%) for the City of Laredo and for all persons covered under the City of Laredo’s medical and dental plan unless otherwise provided in a collective bargaining agreement and providing for an effective date of September 28, 2003. 

 

X.        FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

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2003-O-206               Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for the addition of an antenna on an existing tower on Lot 1, Block 1, SBMS Garza Replacement Site, located approximately at 4111 Zapata Highway; providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2003-O-207               Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 2, Block 3, Jacaman Ranch Subdivision, Unit 6, Jacaman Commercial Park, located east of Rosson Lane, from B-4 (Highway Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

2003-O-208               Amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount $205,860.00 in funds from the Texas Department of Health and $7,048.00 in Program Income for the Tuberculosis Elimination Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2003, through August 31, 2004. 

 

2003-O-209               Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances Chapter 31, Article II, Sewers and Sewage Disposal, Division I, § 31-16, Definitions, by deleting definitions; deleting Division III, Use of Public Sewers §31-51 through 31-64; increasing sections to be reserved from § 31-69 through § 31-77; repealing all conflicting ordinances; establishing pretreatment charges and fees ranging from $50.00 up to $150.00; providing a penalty; severability, publication and effective date.

 

2003-O-211               Amending chapter 19, Motor Vehicle and Traffic, Article VIII, Stopping, Standing or Parking, Section 19-361, City Owned Parking Lot Enforcement and Section 19-362, City-owned Parking Lot Rates and Hours of Operation, of the Code of Ordinances, City of Laredo: authorizing the establishment of monthly parking rates and enforcement regulations, for certain City-owned parking lot facilities, providing for effective date and publication.

 

2003-O-212               Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement with Labata Services for approximately 117 square feet constituting AOA Office No. 3 of the Passenger Terminal Building located at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing July 1, 2003 and ending on June 30, 2004, and may be extended for one (1) year ending June 30, 2005.  However, it is agreed by the parties that the lease may be terminated by either party on not less than thirty (30) days written notice from the party terminating to the other.  Monthly rent shall be $300.00 and will be adjusted annually during the primary and extension term of this lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for effective date.

 

2003-O-213               Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Foreign Trade Zone Operations Agreement between the City of Laredo, as Zone Grantee of Foreign Trade Zone No. 94 and Pedraza Forwarding, as zone site operator, for approximately 8,640 square feet of activated space located at 8810 Killam Industrial Boulevard, Foreign Trade Zone Site 3.  Said agreement provides that activation, administration and transaction fees be paid to the City; providing for effective date.

 

2003-O-214               Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement with South Texas Development Council for approximately 5,400 square feet constituting Building No. 1054 located at 4812 North Bartlett Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for two (2) years and two (2) months commencing on June 1, 2003 and ending on July 31, 2005. Monthly rent shall be $4,248.47; providing for an effective date.  (As amended)

 

2003-O-215               Setting the maximum speed limit on that portion of IH35 main lanes within the City limits of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, as 60MPH, from milepoint 8.352 to milepoint 11.968 and from milepoint 0.000 to milepoint 1.917 and as 40 MPH on that portion of IH 35 frontage roads from milepoint 8.352 to milepoint 11.968 and from milepoint 0.000 to milepoint 1.904, as defined n the Texas Department of Transportation control section maps 0018-06 and 0016-05, to be in effect during reconstruction of this section of IH 35 located north of Loop 20 providing for the installation of appropriate signs to indicate speed changes in the designated areas and providing for publication and effective date.

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

17.  2003-R-104             Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.0344 of an acre parcel of land, more or less, from J. Huriel Villalobos Mendoza, as a Utility Easement, for the Pueblo Nuevo Subdivision Right-of-Way and Easement Acquisition Project.  Said parcel of land being out of Lot 4, Block 10, Pueblo Nuevo Subdivision, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

18.  2003-R-105             Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.1557 of an acre parcel of land, more or less, from Juventino Garcia, Sr. and Soledad Garcia, 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 8, Pueblo Nuevo Subdivision, City of Laredo, and Webb County, Texas.

 

19.  2003-R-106             Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a license agreement with Proton Energy, LLP for the location and maintenance of a 2” gas pipeline across Ireland Street in the City of Laredo, for an annual fee of $205.00.

 

XII.      MOTIONS

 

20.         A motion to set a date of September 15, 2003 to introduce an ordinance for the adoption of a tax rate of $0.641761 per $100.00 value.  This is to provide revenue for the general fund for the Maintenance and Operation and for the payment on the Debt Service.  This rate includes $0.500648 per $100.00 value for the Maintenance and Operation and $0.141113 per $100.00 value for the Interest and Sinking Fund of the Debt Service and will produce a tax levy of $38,455,159.00.

 

21.         Consideration for approval of the selection of a consultant Killis Almond & Associates, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, for the Convention Center Feasibility Study Project and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract. 

 

22.         Consideration to award contract number FY03-047 to the sole bidder, Kustom Signals, Inc., Lenexa, Kansas, in the amount of $425,175.00 for the purchase of seventy-five (75) patrol vehicle video surveillance systems for the Police Department.  Funding is available in the Police Trust Fund.

 

23.         Consideration to award contract number FY03-110 to the low bidder, Holt Company of Texas, Laredo, Texas, in the total amount of $381,594.00 for the purchase of two replacement motor graders for the Public Works Department.  This equipment will be purchased using a total cost bid evaluation process.  The bid pricing includes provisions for a five-year maintenance contract and a guaranteed re-purchase price.  Delivery of this equipment is expected within sixty days.  Funding is available in the 1998 Contractual Obligation Fund.

 

24.         Consideration to award contract number FY03-107 to the low bidders meeting specifications for the purchase of safety footwear for City maintenance personnel.  Contract pricing has been secured for boot styles approved for use by City maintenance personnel.  Each department will have the option to choose the type of boot best suited for the work environment and budget allocation.  All safety footwear is purchased on an as needed basis from the respective departmental budgets.  The contract amounts are estimates based on historical usage.  Contracts are recommended for the following vendors:  Gateway Uniforms Service, Laredo, Texas, $65,000.00, Mission Western, Mission, Texas, $10,000.00, and Iron Age, San Antonio, Texas, $10,000.00.

 

25.         Consideration to award contract number FY03-103 to the low bidder, SBC – Southwestern Bell, in the annual amount of $57,320.50, for providing an annual maintenance contract for the City's Institutional Network (I-Net) switching equipment.  This contract includes technical support, equipment replacement for defective parts, and software upgrades for all I-Net equipment purchased by the City.  The contract pricing reflects a 25% decrease from the previous contract period.  Funding is available through the respective departmental budgets.

 

26.         Consideration for approval of the release of partial retainage of $66,505.52 from the total retainage amount of $67,505.52 from the construction contract with Marshall Company, Ltd., Corpus Christi, Texas, for the Laredo International Fire and Law Enforcement Training Facility.  An amount of $1,000.00 is being retained for completion of punch list items.  Funding is available in the Fire Training Facility Retainage Account.

 

27.         Consideration to award an architectural/engineering (A/E) contract in the amount not to exceed $122,225.00 to Sepulveda Associates Architects, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for Fire Station No. 14 Cielito Lindo Subdivision.  Funding is available in the 2003 CO Issue South Laredo Fire Station.

 

28.         Consideration to authorize the City Manager to renew professional services agreement with RWL Group, Inc., to provide employee benefit services to the City of Laredo for period of twelve months to commence on October 1, 2003 and to conclude on September 30, 2004.  Funding is subject to FY 2003-2004 appropriations.

 

29.         Consideration to authorize the City Manager to renew the existing contract with RWL Group, Inc., and the City of Laredo for a period of twelve months  by providing risk management with property and liability insurance consulting services and authorizing the City Manager to execute a retainer documents.  Funding is subject to FY 2003-2004 appropriations.

 

30.         Authorizing the City Manager to award a contract to Carter & Burgess, Inc., for professional services in the amount of $26,762.00 for a traffic impact analysis for the installation of a new traffic signal at the intersection of San Francisco and Lafayette Street (US 59).

 

31.         Consideration to approve the selection of consultant Kimely Horn  & Associates for the intelligent transportation plan for the City of Laredo and to authorize staff to negotiate a professional services contract with the selected consultant.

 

32.         Authorizing the award of FY 2001 HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME), Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) set aside funds in the amount of $226,200.00 to Metro Affordable Housing Corporation to be utilized for the acquisition, design, and construction costs for Phase I of a four family dwelling transitional housing development, and further authorizing the City Manager to execute all documents.

 

33.         Consideration to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder, Triple A Concrete, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the bid amount of $121,579.20 for the CDBG Sidewalks City Wide Project No. 24 (30 blocks).  Funding is available in the  28th Action Year School Sidewalks.

 

34.         Ratification of authorization for the City Manager to execute a memorandum of cooperation to disburse funds for services approved by Ordinances 2003-O-157 and 2003-0-140 for the enhancement of the Bi-national Border project specifically for communication, surveillance and vector control public health activities.  The project is a cooperative agreement between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Texas Department of Health (TDH) with the City of Laredo Health Department and the “Secretarias De Salud” of the four Mexican border states of Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, Coahuila, and Chihuahua through the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission, as follows:  Nuevo Leon:  $18,360.99, Tamaulipas:  $37,674.85, Coahuila:  $42,450.67, and Chihuahua:  $32,515.03. 

 

XIII.     STAFF REPORTS

           

35.         Legislative Report on the Seventy-Eighth Texas Legislative Session by Legislative Consultants, including new and amended State laws.

 

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.

 

36.         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 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.

 

37.         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 located in North Laredo, east of IH35, because deliberation in an open meeting would have detrimental effect on the position of the City Council in negotiations with third persons; and return to open session for possible action.

 

38.         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 detrimental effect on the position of the City Council in negotiations with third persons; and return to open session for possible action.

 

39.         Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code  551.071 (1) (A) to consult with City Attorney regarding contemplated litigation regarding the proposed landfill located on Highway 359, and return to open session for possible action.

 

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, August 27, 2003 at 6:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary[fp1] 


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