CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2003-R-019

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

OCTOBER 6, 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 August 4, 2003 and August 18, 2003.

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

a.      Recognition of the Women’s City Club for their continued generous support of Children’s Services at the Laredo Public Library.  Over the past five years the Women’s City Club has donated an excess of $10,000.00 for the baby board book collection.

 

b.      Recognition of Samantha Hernandez, Junior at Nixon High School, who wrote a script for a film regarding teen pregnancy awareness, which is being distributed throughout the country.  Samantha was featured on the cover of The New York Times. 

 

c.      Recognition of Alamar R. Gutierrez of the Health Department, on her selection as September Employee of the Month.

 

d.      Recognition of the City's Customer Service Representatives in observance of National Customer Service Week, which will be celebrated October 6 - 10, 2003.

 

Communiqués

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

               

VII.             PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance adopting the Municipal Court schedule of window fines as per attached list and Section 542.031, Transportation Code, as added by House Bill 3588, creating a $30.00 State traffic fee court cost on conviction for offenses, including parking and pedestrian offenses, under subtitle C, Rules of the Road, Transportation Code and amending the Code of Ordinances, Chapter 20, Section 20-37, by adding subsection (h); providing for severability, effective date and publication.

 

2.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept a Comprehensive STEP grant from the Texas Department of Transportation and amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by decreasing $68,050.00 for the Comprehensive STEP program.  The Texas Department of Transportation will contribute $51,255.00 for this program and the City will contribute $5,695.00 in matching funds. This grant will be utilized to pay overtime for the enforcement of traffic laws.  The funding period for this grant will be from October 1, 2003 through September 30, 2004.

 

3.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept a Comprehensive Commercial Motor Vehicle STEP grant from the Texas Department of Transportation and amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget in the amount of $55,556.00 for the Comprehensive STEP program.  The Texas Department of Transportation will contribute $50,000.00 for this program and the City will contribute $5,556.00 in matching funds. This grant will be utilized to pay overtime for the enforcement of traffic laws.  The funding period for this grant will be from October 1, 2003 through September 30, 2004.

 

4.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation for the “El Protector” program and amending the City of Laredo’s 2003-2004 annual budget in the amount of $29.00 and amending the Full Time Equivalent Positions.  The Texas Department of Transportation will contribute $35,000 for this program and the City will contribute $42,226.00 in matching funds. These funds will pay for the salary and fringe benefits for one police officer.  The funding period for this grant will be from October 1, 2003 through September 30, 2004.   

 

5.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance accepting a direct aid grant from the Texas State Library Loan Star Libraries Program in the amount of $18,627.00 for new computers at the Santo Nino Branch Library and study rooms, and amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget in the amount of ($1,686.00).

 

6.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 5.5, Ambulances Article I- In General, of the Laredo Code of Ordinances, by specifically amending Section 5.5-28 (a) to standardize basic rates, and providing for publication and effective date of January 1, 2004. The increase in rates are primarily to recover from insurance carriers, and were compiled from a rate review survey of 32 cities in Texas. 

 

7.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by increasing expenditures and revenues by $5,859.00 from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Outreach Project of the City of Laredo Health Department; extending the contract period for one month beginning February 1, 2002 through October 31, 2003. 

 

8.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by increasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $95,374.00 for the Texas Department of Health for the Women, Infants and Children "WIC" Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning October 1, 2003, through September 30, 2004; and amending the FY 2003-2004 full-time equivalent positions from 80 to 82.5. The new grant total budget will be $2,911,507.00.  

 

VIII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

9.

 
 


            A.        Request by Council Member Alfredo Agredano

1.      Discussion with possible action authorizing the City Manager to have the Department of Public Works construct sidewalks on 2000 & 2100 South Milmo (east side); 2300 & 2400 Chestnut (north side); 2300 San Luis (south side); and the 2900, 3000 and 3100 South Martin (west side); to be funded with District 1 discretionary funds.

   

B.        Request by Council Member Hector J. Garcia

1.      Requesting City Manager to finalize agreement with LISD regarding the conveyance of Garcia Street between San Dario and San Eduardo Avenues, Benavides Street between Davis and Main Avenue, 2800 S. Canada between Palo Blanco and Thurman, and six (6) lots on Fremont adjacent to Memorial Middle School.

 

                        C.        Request by Council Member John C. Galo  

                                    1.  Update on hiring of Tennis Pro and Market Street Courts.

                                    2.  Report from Traffic Department regarding accidents on Meadow                                             and Galveston, with possible action.

 

            D.        Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

1.      Discussion with possible action to close the 2000 block of Plum to allow a closed campus for J.W. Nixon High School.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Hector J. Garcia)

           

E.        Request by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

1.      Status report by Legislative Liaison, Rene Gonzalez, regarding the effectiveness of City's Lobbyist Team during last legislative session, including those issues affecting the constituents of the City of Laredo that were approved and those that were not and the impact either way to the community; status of Special Legislative Session regarding issues that affect the City of Laredo and how we can become involved; and consideration for Lobbyist Team to report directly and more often to either the Legislative Committee or the City Council, especially during creation of legislative agenda. (Co-sponsored by Council Member Gene Belmares)

 

2.      Discussion with possible action regarding the development of the Standard Technical Specifications Manual and setting a thirty (30) day deadline for its completion. (Co-sponsored by Council Members Gene Belmares and Jose A. Valdez, Jr.)

 

3.      Discussion with possible action to provide solutions for District V constituents regarding floodplain insurance as it relates to the latest floodplain map.

 

4.      Status report on the studies being conducted at the former air force base (Alta Vista/Vista Hermosa) and activities of the Committee.

 

F.         Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

1.      Discussion with possible action on enforcement efforts to control roadside vendors.

2.      Discussion with possible action regarding traffic calming at Chris Lane.

3.      Discussion with possible action to provide financial assistance to the Marine Corps League on a reimbursable basis for direct expenditures for the Mid-Winter Conference.  (Co-sponsored by Veteran’s Affairs Committee)

 

G.        Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

1.      Status report on the Calle Iturbide project.

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

10.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease renewal with Pinkerton, Inc. and Burns International Security Services Corporation for two offices totaling approximately 500 square feet and located at International Bridges I & II  a.) Lease term is for one (1) year commencing November 1, 2003 and ending on October 31, 2004  b.) Monthly rent will be $2,200.00 for both properties  c.) City of Laredo may terminate lease within ninety (90) days written notice.

 

11.      Closing as a public easement that section of the 2800 block of South Canada Avenue between Palo Blanco and Thurman Streets situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas and providing for an effective date.

 

12.      Closing as a public easement that section of the 2000 block of Frost Street between Malinche and Urbahn Avenues situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas and providing for an effective date.

 

13.      Approving and authorizing the City Manager to execute a consent and estoppel agreement between City of Laredo, and Laredo Texas Hospital Company, L.P., covering certain land conveyed by the City of Laredo, as Grantor, to Mercy Regional Medical Center, as Grantee and approved by Ordinance no. 95-O-016 conveying unto said Grantee an approximate 50.7656-acre tract of land located at the Laredo International Airport by executing a document containing the following proviso that (i) no seismic testing, drilling, reworking, or other operations for exploration, development, production, marketing, transportation, storage, sale, refinement or treatment of oil, gas or other minerals (the "minerals"), will be conducted on the surface of the land described in this ordinance  ("the land") in connection with the exploration of the minerals in, on, under or that may be produced from the land; (ii) grantor shall have no rights of  ingress or egress to the surface of the land for any purpose, including but not limited to, the purpose of seismic testing, mining, reworking, drilling, exploring, developing, producing, marketing, storing, transporting, and/or any other kind of operation customarily used in the oil, gas and mining industry in connection with the exploitation of the minerals; and (iii) grantor shall not use the surface of the land for surfacing or strip mining, or for the removal of hard rock minerals or surface or near surface mineral substances.  Operations for exploration or recovery of the minerals conducted on the subsurface of the land and/or on other lands owned by grantor (including the surface and/or subsurface of such other lands) shall be permissible so long as all surface operations in connection therewith are located at points outside the land and upon the condition that none of such operations shall be conducted so as to interfere with the use and enjoyment of the land and/or with the load bearing strength thereof.  These covenants and agreements shall be binding on grantor, grantor's heirs, executors, administrators, successors, assigns and lessees, and shall constitute negative easements running with the ownership of the minerals, hard rock minerals or surface of or near surface mineral substances lying, in and/or under the land and grantor's adjoining lands, providing for effective date.

 

14.      Designating as a one-way eastbound the 400 and 500 block of O’kane Street between Springfield Avenue and Lexington Avenue, and as one-way southbound the 2300 block of Lexington Avenue between O’kane Street and Clark Boulevard to be effective during the peak hours of 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, during school days, providing for the installation of appropriate signs to indicate one-way traffic in the designated direction and providing for publication and effective date.

 

15.      Designating as a one-way eastbound the 2500, 2600, & 2700 block of Lane Street, between Milmo Avenue and Arkansas Avenue, to be effective during the peak hours of 7:00 to 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 to 4:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday, during school days, providing for the installation of appropriate signs to indicate one-way traffic in the designated direction and providing for publication and effective date.

 

X.        FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

16.

 
 


2003-O-210             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 1 and 2, “Calculating Pro-Rata Charges” and moving and amending said calculations to newly created subsection VI; providing for publication and effective date.  (As amended)

 

2003-O-233             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.  .

 

2003-O-234             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.  .

 

2003-O-235             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. 

 

2003-O-236             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.

 

2003-O-237             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. 

 

2003-O-238             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. 

 

2003-O-239             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. 

 

2003-O-240             Amending the City of Laredo 2003-2004 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.  (As amended)

 

2003-O-242             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.

 

2003-O-243             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.

 

2003-O-244             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.

 

2003-O-245             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.

 

2003-O-246             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.

 

2003-O-247             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. 

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

17.  2003-R-117        Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.0351 of an acre parcel of land, more or less, from Juan A. Alejandro, 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 12, Pueblo Nuevo Subdivision, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

18.  2003-R-118        Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.17142 of an acre, more or less, parcel of land, as a ten-foot-wide Sanitary Sewer Easement, from R. C. Kahn Enterprises, a Texas Limited Partnership, for the extension of utility services lines to the Kahn Subdivision.  Said ten-foot-wide Sanitary Sewer Easement being out of Lot 6, Kahn Subdivision, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

19.  2003-R-119        Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.012 of an acre (529.008 sq. ft.) parcel of land and a 0.007 of an acre (300.367 sq. ft.) parcel of land, as perpetual easements, from Ralph Norton & Sons, Inc., for the Iturbide Street Urban Mall Project.  Both parcels of land being out of Lot 6, Block 3, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

20.  2003-R-120        Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.009 of an acre (412.657 sq. ft.) parcel of land, as a perpetual easement, from Frank Sisters Rentals, Inc., for the Iturbide Street Urban Mall Project.  Said parcel of land being out of Lot 7, Block 3, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

21.  2003-R-121        Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.012 of an acre (515.988 sq. ft.) parcel of land, as a perpetual easement, from JP Morgan Chase Bank, Trustee of the Garcia Beneficiaries Trust, for the Iturbide Street Urban Mall Project.  Said parcel of land being out of Lots 9 & 10, Block 3, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

22.  2003-R-122        Dedication of the park facility currently known as South Laredo Park on the corner of San Luis Street and Saltillo Avenue as Mario B. Tijerina Park in memory of his work with the youth of Laredo and his lifelong dedication to the cultivation of baseball and softball as popular local recreational pastimes.

 

23.  2003-R-123      Accepting a donation of an eight-harness Gilmore Floor Loom workstation from Dr. and Mrs. John Miniter to be used for an interactive exhibit at the City of Laredo Main Library.

 

24.  2003-R-124      A resolution of the City of Laredo Council to nominate a candidate for the Webb County Appraisal District Board of Directors and to cast 862 votes for City Council Member John C. Galo, as the City of Laredo's member to the Webb County Appraisal District Board of Directors for the 2004-2005 term as per Section 6.03 of the Texas Property Tax Code.  The remaining 211 votes will be cast to the candidate that the Laredo Independent School District casts its vote for in the election; and directing the Secretary to transmit a copy of this resolution to the Chief Appraiser of the Webb County Appraisal District before October 15, 2003.

 

25.  2003-R-128      Authorizing the award of contract to Sames Motor Company for the purchase of twelve vehicles for contract FY03-118 pursuant to Section 271.095 of the Local Government Code “Consideration of Location of Bidder’s Principal Place of Business” as the local bid within three percent of the lowest bid received by the City and City Council finds in writing that Sames Motor Company offers the best combination of contract price and additional economic development opportunity for the City of Laredo.

 

26.  2003-R-129        A resolution of the City of Laredo, Texas authorizing the City Manager or his designee to execute an electric supply agreement pursuant to the contract to be signed by South Texas Aggregation Project, Inc., for deliveries of electricity effective January 1, 2004.

           

27.  2003-R-130        Accepting a grant from the U. S. Department of Transportation Small Community Air Service Development Pilot Program in the amount of $400,000.00 for the purpose of marketing and promoting air service to and from the Laredo International Airport, the local match of $100,000.00 is available from the FY 2003-2004 Conventions & Visitors Bureau Budget and authorizing the City Manager to execute said grant. 

 


XII.      MOTIONS

 

28.        Consideration to renew the lease agreement with Casa Beto, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the lease of a warehouse facility located at 702 Davis.  This warehouse is being utilized by the Health, Finance and Engineering Departments as a central storage facility of records and documents.  The term of this contract will be for one-year period with an option of an additional year.  The first year cost is $18,600.00 and the second year rent will be $18,900.00.  The lease cost of $0.1722 sq.ft. is prorated based on the square footage utilized by each operation.  Funding is available in the  Health, Finance, and Engineering Departmental budgets.

 

29.        Consideration to award a professional services contract to Bexar County Forensic Science Center, San Antonio, TX, in an estimated amount of $100,000.00 for criminal investigation and laboratory services for the Police Department.  All services are requested on an as needed basis.  Services include arson, controlled substances, DNA, firearms, tool marks, toxicology, serology, and other services required for criminal investigations.  Funding is available in the Police Department operational budget.

 

30.        Consideration to authorize the purchase of Police and Fire Departments entrance and promotional exams from the sole source vendor, Wollack and Associates, Redmond, WA, in the estimated amount of $50,000.00.  This contract will cover all exams needed this fiscal year.  The City is charged for only for those exams used on the test day.  Funding is available in the Police and Fire Departmental budgets.

 

31.        Consideration to reject the lease agreement between the City of Laredo Police Department and GODOT, L.C., for approximately 1,708 square feet of office space for the monthly rent of $2,596.16, and authorization to negotiate and execute a lease agreement between the City of Laredo Police Department and PBI Properties, Inc./Adolfo Gutierrez for approximately 2,000 square feet of office space.  The monthly rent is $2,500.00.  The maximum term of the lease agreement is for five years and will commence on October 15, 2003 and end on October 16, 2008.  The lease is 100% federally funded.

 

32.        Consideration for acceptance of the Bridge II re-roofing project and approval of final payment in the amount of $24,750.00 to Bruton Gomez & Company, Corpus Christi, Texas.  Final contract amount is $137,000.00.  Funding is available in the Bridge System Toll Plaza Improvements.

 

33.        Consideration to authorize the City Manager to execute an extension to the maintenance service agreement contract between the City of Laredo and Transcore, LP for the maintenance of the Bridge system toll equipment.  The maintenance agreement extension will be for one year starting October 1, 2003 and will not exceed $125,000.00.  The City of Laredo will have an option to renew for an additional year subject to satisfactory performance evaluations of Transcore’s service to the City.

 

34.        Consideration for the approval of the release of a partial retainage of $117,136.12 from the total retainage amount of $147,154.12 from the construction contract with Modern Construction, Laredo, Texas, for the new Laredo Municipal Court building project located at Thomas Avenue and Leal Street south of the Laredo Police Department at the Laredo International Airport.  An amount of $30,018.00 is being retained for completion of punch list items.  Funding is available in the 2000 A CO Issue Retainage Payable Account.

 

35.        Consideration for approval of change order no. 1 a net decrease of $299,370.55 to the construction contract with TJ & T Enterprises, Inc., Cypress, Texas, for the Laredo International Airport Passenger Terminal and related airside/landside improvements Phase E for the addition and deletion of quantities in place such as 14.5” thick reinforced concrete, flexible base, signs, lights and miscellaneous storm drainage items and to add 20 working days to the construction contract time.  Funding is available in the FAA Grant No. 34-Improvements other than buildings account.

 

36.        Consideration for approval of amendment no. 1 an increase of $42,650.00 to the professional services contract with Sepulveda Associates Architects, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Laredo International Airport for additional design work to include roof repairs at the former passenger terminal Building No. 104, Hangar Buildings No. 123, 142, 162, 182, and 1307.  Funding is available in the Storm/Wind Damage Account under the Airport Operations Fund.

 

37.        Consideration to award a contract to the low bidder, Koch Corporation of Louisville, Kentucky, in the amount of $633,781.00 for the soundproofing of thirty homes Phase II acquired by the City and funded by the FAA Noise Compatibility Program.  The soundproofing is part of the City of Laredo Residential Sound Insulation Program, which is a component of the City of Laredo Airport Noise Compatibility Program.

 

38.        Consideration for approval to award an engineering contract to Freese and Nichols, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $37,245.00 for design and preparation of plans and specifications for the Fuel Farm Realignment Project.   Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund/Grant No. 31.

 

39.        Consideration for approval of change order no. 2 an increase of $192,091.52 to the construction contract with Price Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Laredo International Airport Northeast Cargo Apron and access road for underground storm drainage and to add 60 calendar days to the construction contract time for the drainage work.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund/AIP Grant No. 34.

 

40.        Consideration to award contract number FY03-121 to the following qualified book vendors:  West Circle Books, American Library Sales, Mister Anderson’s Company, and Rainbow Book Company; for the library materials collection development of books, databases, and audio-visual products for a term of two years.   Multiple contracts for the purchase of books and other library products allow the library staff to use appropriate sources to purchase materials for efficient collection development.  Funding is available in the General Fund Library Department.

 

41.        Consideration to award contract number FY03-118, for the lease purchase of vehicles authorized in the FY03 budget for the Police Department and authorizing the City Manager to sign all lease purchase documents, from the following bidders:

Lawrence Marshall Dealerships, Hempstead, Tx. - $454,485.00

5 - Tahoe LS  - $131,930.00,  Low Bidder

6 - Trailblazer LS - $117,804,  Low Bidder

1 - Chevrolet Passenger Van - $16,687.00, Low Bidder

1 - Chrysler Passenger Van - $21,567.00, Low Bidder

3 - Dodge Ram Truck - $66,662.00, Low Bidder

5 - Jeep Grand Cherokee - $104,835.00, Low Bidder

 

Sames Motor Company, Inc., Laredo, Texas - $252,350.00

2 - Expedition - $76,00.00, Bidders Principal Place of Business Provision

10-Crown Victoria – $200,000.00, Bidders Principal Place of Business Provision

 

Philpott Motors, LTD.  - $60,384.00

4 – Ford F150 Super Cab Truck $60,384.00, Low Bidder

 

42.        Consideration to authorize the purchase and installation of a security lighting system from Musco Lighting through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (Buy Board) contract pricing in the amount of $58,950.00.  Utilizing the buy board contract pricing, this security lighting system will be installed at the South Laredo Park (Mario B. Tijerina Park).  Funding is available in the 28th Action Year-2002 Community Development Grant (CDBG).

 

43.        Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract with Catholic Services of Laredo, Inc., (CSSL) in the amount of $90,270.00 to administer the City’s FY 2003-2004 General Fund Welfare Assistance Program through which rental, utility, burial, transportation, ambulance, and health care services assistance is provided to indigent individuals and families residing in the community.  The contract would cover expenditures for the period of October 1, 2003 to September 30, 2004 and up to $81,243.00 of the general welfare funds would be designated for the assistance of indigent individuals and families of low income while $9,027.00 (approximately 10%) would be allocated to cover administrative expenses to include:  overhead wages, and office supply costs incurred by Catholic Social Services.

 

44.        Consideration to authorize the City Manager to execute the Employee Health and Wellness Clinic Physician Contract number FY 03-113 between the City of Laredo and David Cruz, M.D. to provide medical services as the City of Laredo’s designated physician for the Occupational Health Clinic located at 5512 Thomas.  Estimated amount of the contract is approximately $25,000.  Funding is available in the Health Benefits Fund/Employee Health Division Budget.

 

45.        Consideration for approval to reject the sole bid submitted by CG Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Laredo International Airport improvements to Fire Station No. 6 due to bidder’s failure to submit an acceptable bid bond as stipulated in the bid documents, and to authorize staff to re-bid the project.

 

46.        Consideration to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder Cantu Electric, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the El Cuatro Park/Electrical and Illumination System Project in the base bid amount of $46,192.00.  Funding is available in the Community Development Block Grant.

 

XIII.     STAFF REPORTS

47.

 
           

A.     Staff update on the indoor air quality amendment providing additional information requested by the City Council and presenting several options to proceed on the proposed amended ordinance.

 

B.     Status report by Dr. John Adams, Laredo Development Foundation Executive Director, regarding economic development activities in the City of Laredo.

           

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.

 

48.        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.

 

49.        Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.074 to evaluate the performance and pay of City Manager Larry Dovalina, and return to open session for possible action.

 

XV.      RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO CITY WATER LOCAL GOVERNMENT CORPORATION

 

50.  2003-RW-002     Authorizing the President of the Laredo City Water Local Government Corporation (“LWC”) to execute a sixth amendment of the Advanced Authorization to Proceed (AATP) with MWH Americas, Inc., extending this agreement for one year for the purpose of completing the pre-verification and verification phases of a secondary water source of water.

 

XVI.     RECESS AS THE LAREDO CITY WATER LOCAL GOVERNMENT             CORPORATION AND RECONVENE AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL

 

XVII.   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 October 1, 2003 at 6:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary[fp1] 

 

 

 


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