CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2003-R-018

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

SEPTEMBER 15, 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 July 7, 2003, July 21, 2003 and August 25, 2003.

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

a.       Recognition of Sandra Ramirez, of the Budget Department, on her selection as August Employee of the Month.

 

Communiqués

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

a.      Appointment by Council Member Johnny Amaya of Maria D. “Josie” Perez to the Laredo Commission for Women.

              

VII.             PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for the storage of hazardous materials on Lots 2-7, Block 49, Eastern Division, located at 220 Market Street; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed Conditional Use Permit.

 

2.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit on all of Block 270, Eastern Division, located at 2001 Cedar Avenue; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed Conditional Use Permit.

 

3.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Planned Unit Development Overlay District (PUD) for Lots 1-27, Block 5, Lots 1-8, Block 6, Lots 1-9, Block 7, Lots 1-3, and 5-7, Block 8, Green Subdivision, Phase I, and 13.36 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A,” located north of Mines Road and south of Green Boulevard; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed Planned Unit Development Overlay District.

 

4.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances by repealing Chapter 14 (Garbage Trash & Refuse), Article III, Rates for Federally Mandated NPDES Program Sections 14-10 through 14-20 and by creating Chapter 33, Article VII, entitled Stormwater Fees to include new sections, 33-430 through 33-450, defining the stormwater rates for residential and commercial customers and providing for publication and effective date.

 

5.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 6, Block 3, Del Mar Village Addition, located at 102 Del Court, from B-3 (Community Business 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.

 

6.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 212, Eastern Division, located at 1701 S. Meadow 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 denial of the proposed zone change.

 

7.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 4.8 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A,” located south of Highway 359, 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 0.454 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A,” located north of River Bank Drive and west of Atlanta Drive, 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.

 

9.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo 2002-2003 annual budget in the amount of $337,328.00 to fund the Laredo Autotheft Task Force.  The Texas Automobile Theft Prevention Authority will be awarding $282,805.00, 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 effective from September 1, 2003 through August 31, 2004.

 

10.        Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 14 (Garbage Trash & Refuse) of the Code of Ordinances, specifically to update the ordinance to address the Solid Waste Director, add and refine definitions and services to change the Landfill City Vehicle rate fee to $1.25, add a commercial exemption to administrative fee of $2.50 and to revise the franchise requirements; providing for publication and effective date.

 

11.        Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Ordinance 2002-O-262 of the Code of Ordinances for the City of Laredo providing a charge of $15.00 per client for the Influenza Immunization at the Immunization Clinic of the City of Laredo Health Department, and $20.00 for the pneumococcal vaccine, providing for a sliding fee to persons unable to pay due to indigence; and providing for severability, publication and effective date.

 

12.        Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $336,184.00 in funds from the Texas Department of Health and $147,307.00 in program income for the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2003 through August 31, 2004.

 

13.        Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $13,333.00 for the HIV Hepatitis C Screening Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for a four (4) month period beginning September 1, 2003 through December 31, 2003.

 

14.        Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract with the South Texas Development Council and amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $103,275.00.  The South Texas Development Council will grant the City of Laredo $103,275.00 for the HIV/AIDS Health and Social Services Project of the City of Laredo Health Department, for the period beginning September 1, 2003 through August 31, 2004.

 

15.        Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2002-2003 Risk Management Fund by appropriating $300,000.00 for revenues and expenditures related to the Worker’s Compensation charges and claims.  The amendment will increase estimated revenues for administrative charges workers compensation by $300,00.00 and the estimated expenditure for compensation claims by $300,000.00.

 

VIII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

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A.        Request by Council Member Hector J. Garcia

                                                                        1.      Discussion with possible action on hiring an additional Assistant City Manager.

 

                                                                        2.      Discussion with possible action regarding traffic around Lamar Middle School between Arkansas and Lane.

 

B.        Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

                                                                        1.      Discussion with possible action on creating temporary playing fields for the boys and girls flag football fields.

 

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

1.      Discussion with possible action regarding all District VII Projects to include existing basketball courts, sidewalks, parks and water splash park projects.

 

2.      Discussion with possible action regarding increasing the number of street sweepers and requesting that the City Manager prepare an analysis to determine the feasibility of contracting out a portion of the street sweeping services.

 

3.      Discussion with possible action requesting that the City Manager have the Department of Public Works crews construct sidewalks on the 3300 & 3400 Salinas Avenue on both sides of the street and on Madison between Salinas Avenue and Juarez Avenue on the south side only.  Funding will be provided from District VII Discretionary Funds.

 

      

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

17.        Providing for the adoption of a tax rate of 0.641761 per $100.00 value with a Maintenance and Operation rate of $0.500648 per $100.00 and an Interest and Sinking rate of $0.141113 per $100.00 value and for the levy and the collection of General and Special Ad Valorem for the City of Laredo for the tax year 2003 and FY 2003-2004.  (Must be read in complete form.)

 

18.        Authorizing the City Manager to (1) convey a parcel of 2,916.69 sq.ft. out of the east side of lot 5, Block 194, Eastern Division, and to (2) execute a contract with Jose Martinez and Teresa G. Martinez, in order to clear an encroachment on Springfield Avenue between San Pedro Street and Olive Street; the salient elements of such contract being the following: (1) City will convey the above property; (2) city will pay up to the $27,500.00 for the acquisition of a mobile home to be placed on the property to be conveyed; and (3) City will be allowed to demolish the entire encroaching structure located on lot 4, block 194, Eastern Division; providing for effective date.

 

19.        Approving the public sale of three (3) tracts of airport non-aeronautical use land located at the Laredo International Airport to the following successful bidders meeting all bid specifications being Tracts “A” consisting of approximately 3.91 acres to Dr. Ricardo G. Cigarroa, a Limited Partnership, in the amount of $ 1,200,753.00, Tract “B” consisting of approximately 5.46 acres to Dr. Ricardo G. Cigarroa, a Limited Partnership, in the amount of $ 1,724,323.00 and Tract “D” consisting of approximately 1.6087 acres to Dr. Amando Garza, III, a Joint Venture, in the amount of $475,001.00; providing for effective date. 


 

 

X.        FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

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2003-O-217               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. 

 

2003-O-218               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.

 

2003-O-219               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. 

 

2003-O-220               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. 

 

2003-O-221               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. 

 

2003-O-222               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.

 

2003-O-223               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.

 

2003-O-224               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. 

 

2003-O-225               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%.

 

2003-O-226               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. 

 

2003-O-227               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.  

 

2003-O-228               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 $350.00 per month and will be adjusted annually according to Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective.  (As amended)

 

2003-O-229               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. 

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

21.  2003-R-109             Authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute the FY 2004 Section 5307 Urban Transportation Grant Agreement No. URB 0401(22), State Project No. 51422F7053 from the Texas Department of Transportation in the total amount of $783,869.00 instead of the anticipated amount of $1,000,000.00 for FY 03-04 for a difference of $216,131.00; and providing for grant/contract funds to be deposited in the City of Laredo Transit Fund.

 

22 .  2003-R-110           Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.015 of an acre (640.481 sq. ft.) parcel of land, as a perpetual easement, from S. T. K. Investments, a Texas General Partnership, for the Iturbide Street Urban Mall Project.  Said parcel of land being out of Lot 6, Block 2, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

23 .  2003-R-111           Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.009 of an acre (385.460 sq. ft.) parcel of land, as a perpetual easement, from Pilar Munoa, for the Iturbide Street Urban Mall Project.  Said parcel of land being out of the East 33.80 feet of Lot 7, Block 2, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

24 .  2003-R-112           Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.028 of an acre (1221.271 sq. ft.) parcel of land, as a perpetual easement, from Natan Bar-Yadin, for the Iturbide Street Urban Mall Project.  Said parcel of land being out of Lots 9 & 10, Block 2, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

25 .  2003-R-113           Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.007 of an acre (310.625 sq. ft.) parcel of land, as a perpetual easement, from Fernando Salinas, for the Iturbide Street Urban Mall Project.  Said parcel of land being out of Lot 8, Block 2, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

26.  2003-R-114             Authorizing the removal of the traffic signal located at the intersection of Corpus Christi Street and Hendricks Avenue due to the lack of conditions that warrant a traffic signal device.

 

27.  2003-R-116             Adopting the 2004-2008 Capital Improvement Program of the City of Laredo.

 

XII.      MOTIONS

 

28.        Consideration to award a contract FY03-115 to the low bidder, Zertuche Construction in the amount of $42,722.00 for the purchase and installation of an acoustical ceiling for the Civic Center auditorium.  Funding is available in the Civic Center budget.

 

29.        Directing staff to prepare a service plan for the voluntary annexation of four (4) tracts of land totaling 829.55 acres, more or less, and the unilateral annexation of one tract of land totaling 680.00 acres, more or less, for a total of 1,509.55 acres, more or less, as shown on attached Exhibit “A,” in accordance with Section 43.052 of the Texas Local Government Code.

 

30.        Approving monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amount to be adjusted for the month of August 2003, represents an increase of $68,154.18.  These adjustments are determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.


 

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

a.      A refund in the amount of $ 1,493.23 payable to Amistad Enterprises due to double payment.  Account #948-30003-004 was paid by owner and by Amistad Enterprises.

b.      A refund in the amount of $ 1,321.75 payable to FJK Development, Inc. due to a District Court order, Cause #2003-CVQ-000231-D-4.  Account #977-00015-031.

c.      A refund in the amount of $ 1,198.46 payable to FJK Development, Inc. due to a District Court order, Cause #2003-CVQ-000231-D4.  Account #977-00015-032.

d.      A refund in the amount of $2,730.34 payable to First Nationwide Mortgage/577 due to a double payment.  Account #968-81001-020 was paid by First National Mortgage and Border Title.

 

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 Auditorium located at 2600 Cedar Avenue.   Funding is available in the Health Department Fund-WIC Grant.

 

33.        Consideration to award contract number FY03-123 to the lowest bidder meeting specifications for the purchase and installation of a truck scale for the City of Laredo Landfill.  Bids are due on September 11, 2003 at which time all bids will be evaluated by the Solid Waste Department.  The lowest bidder meeting specifications will be recommended to City Council for consideration to award the contract.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

34.        Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease renewal with the State of Texas General Services Commission on behalf of the Texas Department of Health, Public Health Region 11, for 912 square feet of office at the City of Laredo Health Complex located at 2600 Cedar Street.  The term of the lease renewal will be from July 1, 2003 through February 29, 2004.  The lessee shall pay a sum in the amount of $414.12 per month.

 

35.        Consideration to award contract number FY03-111, to the LOW BIDDER, Toter Incorporated, Statesville, North Carolina, in the amount of $134,460.00, for the purchase of 3,600 roll out waste containers for the Solid Waste Department.  The low bidder was determined based on an evaluation point system, which included the purchase cost, experience of firm, service, product design, customer references, production, and compatibility.   The bid pricing is approximately 7% less than the previous year purchase.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

36.        Consideration to award contract number FY03-119 to the sole bidder, Perkins Manufacturing, LaGrange, Illinois, in the amount of $31,820.00 for the purchase of ten hydraulic cart lifters and accessories. These are replacements for hydraulic cart lifters that are no longer working properly and for routes being assigned automatic refuse containers.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

37.        Consideration to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder, J. Solis Maintenance  & Welding Services, Laredo, Texas in the bid amount of $77,805.00 for the construction of an 8 feet high wrought-iron fence between Laredo International Bridges 1 and 2 at the former GSA Import lot.  Funding is available in Improvements Other Than Buildings Account.

 

38.        Consideration to approve the selection of consultant for the design of foundation repairs and quality control services for the Los Obispos Housing Project (approximately 26 units) and to authorize staff to negotiate a professional services contract with the selected consultant. 

 

39.        Consideration to authorize the purchase of thirteen vehicles for various City departments through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) - Cooperative Purchasing Program, in the total amount of $258,934.00.  The vehicles include eight compressed natural gas engine trucks, four crew cab trucks, and one 8-passenger van.  Funding is available from Airport, Community Development, Environmental Services, Utilities Department, and PPFCO Contractual Obligation bond funds.

 

40.        Consideration for approval of change order no. 2 an increase of $44,777.75 to the construction contract with R. Aguero Trucking, Laredo, Texas, for the South Laredo Park Project in the vicinity of Kawas Elementary School for construction of a parking lot (23 spaces), approximately 1,100 linear feet of a 10 feet wide walking trail and accessible ramps.  Funding is available in the South Laredo Park Phase II-28th Action Year 2002 Grant. 

 

41.        Consideration to award an annual supply contract FY03-099 to the low bidders meeting specifications, TCI Tire Centers, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $19,888.12, Firestone Store, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $73,414.00, Wingfoot Commercial Tires, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $141,302.64 and A to Z Tire and Battery, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $30,027.00 for the purchase of tires and tubes for all City vehicles.  All tires are purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Fund. 

 

XIII.     EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

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

 

42.        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.

 

43.        Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code § 551.071 (1)(A) to discuss with City Attorney pending litigation, City of Laredo v. Leyendecker Properties, Ltd., Cause No. 2003EDA000001-C1, and return to open session for possible action.

 

XIV.     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, September 10, 2003 at 7:30 p.m.

                                                                       

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary