CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2003-R-20

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

OCTOBER 20, 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

Approval of the minutes of August 25, 2003 and August 26, 2003.

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

a.      Dia del Rio event update and Make a Difference Day activity preview on the efforts to clean the river vega, forge new trails and maintain others, by Blasita J. Lopez, Public Information Officer.

 

Invitations

a.      Invitation by Randy Willard to the Grand Opening of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts scheduled for October 28, 2003.

 

Recognitions

a.        Recognizing the Texas Migrant Council for its exemplary record in serving the needs of migrant worker families and being named the “National’s Council of La Raza Affiliate of the Year.”

 

Communiqués

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

  

VII.             PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 10 and 11, Block 816, Western Division, located at 3103 San Agustin 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.

 

2.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 3.40 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A,” located north of Del Mar Boulevard and east of Burke Drive, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

3.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 48.70 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A,” located north of Del Mar Boulevard and east of Burke Drive, from AG (Agricultural District) to R-1 (Single Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

4.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 8.34 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A,” located north of Del Mar Boulevard and east of Burke Drive, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

5.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 2, Block 1, Ramirez Industrial Subdivision and 0.3625 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A,” located at approximately 3700 Loop 20, from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) and M-2 (Heavy Manufacturing 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 8, Block 1739, Eastern Division, located at 2619 S. Arkansas Avenue from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change.

 

7.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1 and 2, Block 1081, Eastern Division, located at 1901 Aldama Street, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change.

 

8.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 12.12 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A,” located south of proposed Havana Drive and east of Woodridge 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 Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 6.00 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A,” located south of Casa Blanca Road, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed B-4 designation and approval of a B-3 zone change.

 

10.         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 a commercial parking lot on the west ¾ of Lot 7, and the north ½ of Lot 5, Block 178, Western Division, located at 607 Washington Street and 1014 San Eduardo Avenue; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed Conditional Use Permit.

 

11.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 parking meter fund budget by appropriating a draw down of $511,566.00 from the opening balance and appropriating it for land acquisition and improvements.  The projects planned projects consists of land acquisition, improvement and construction of surface municipal parking lots in the downtown area.

 

12.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Article I Section 24.1.3.2, Responsibilities of the Board of Adjustment, creating Section 24.1.8, Standard Technical Specification Manual Committee, Creating Article III, Section 24.58, Standard Technical Specification Manual, Creating Article VI Section 24.96, Amendment Procedures for the Standard Technical Specification Manual, of the Laredo Land Development Code of the City of Laredo, providing for publication and effective date.

 

13.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by appropriating   revenues and expenditures in the amount $8,400.00 in additional funds from Webb County for a total of $158,400.00, for the period beginning October 1, 2003, through September 30, 2004.  The Central Welfare Agency – County Indigent Program is allotted space at the Health Complex at no cost.  Due to the rise in costs of security and maintenance supplies, a prorated cost has been applied to support a .5 Security Guard  (contract) and $600.00 for janitorial supplies.

 

14.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by transferring unexpended funds in the amount of $19,950.00 from FY 2002-2003 from the United Independent School District to FY 2003-2004 for the Immunization Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning July 3, 2003, through July 2, 2007, contingent upon availability of funds and yearly contract renewal.

 

15.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract with the University of Arizona and amend the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $20,000.00.  The University of Arizona will grant the City of Laredo $20,000.00 for the Border Vision Fronteriza (BVF) 2: Community Health Workers for Children’s Health Project of the City of Laredo Health Department, for the period beginning September 14, 2003, through September 13, 2004; and authorizing the City Manager to amend the City’s FY 2003-04 full-time equivalent positions by creating two (2) part-time Community Service Aide positions for a total of  .96 FTE.

 

16.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount $15,000.00 in funds from the Texas Department of Health to conduct the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning November 1, 2003, through June 20, 2004; and amending the FY 2003-2004 full-time equivalent positions by creating one (1) part-time Health Educator position for a total of  .48 FTE.

 

17.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by transferring unexpended funds in the amount of $73,500.00 from FY 2002-2003 from the Laredo Independent School District to the Immunization Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning April 1, 2003, through August 31, 2003, contingent upon availability of funds and yearly contract renewal.

 

18.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by decreasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $143,387.00 to reflect the actual grant amount from the Texas Department of Health and decrease in-kind funds in the amount of $48,150.00 from the Laredo Independent School District for the Mi Futuro (My Future) Abstinence Education Program of the City of Laredo Health Department from October 1, 2003 through September 30, 2004.

 

19.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by decreasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $690.00 to reflect the actual grant amount of $169,293.00 from the Texas Department of Health for the Tuberculosis Prevention/Control Federal Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning January 1, 2004 through December 31, 2004.

 

20.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 Airport Construction Fund Budget to appropriate $400,000.00 in additional revenues received through a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation under the Small Communities Air Service Development Pilot Program and a transfer in from the Convention and Visitors Bureau Fund in the amount of $100,000.00 and appropriating $500,000.00 in expenditures for said pilot program.  The funds will be used to increase the use of services at the airport and to improve airfares available to travelers in our community.

 

21.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance electing for the City of Laredo to make current service and prior service contributions to the City's account in the Municipal Accumulation Fund of the Texas Municipal Retirement System at such rate within legal limits, as the actuary annually determines is required to fund within a period of twenty-five years from the most recent valuation date, the costs of employee benefits payable from, or chargeable to, the City's said account in said fund.

 

22.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 15, Health and Sanitation, Article VI “Indoor Clean Air” of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo, Texas, by amending Sections 15-78 through 15-82; “Smoking in Public Places,” thereby designating smoking and nonsmoking areas; providing criteria and procedural requirements for designated smoking areas; providing sign requirements; providing for violations, enforcement and penalties of the policies implementing this Chapter; providing for severability; and providing for effective date and publication.

 

VIII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

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A.        Request by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores

1.             Discussion by Police Chief Agustin Dovalina, III, regarding police protection for our citizens in light of the Nuevo Laredo shootings and related activity occurring in the community.

 

2.             Discussion with possible action regarding the loitering and the inappropriate and offensive behavior by vagrants at Jarvis Plaza.

                       

            B.        Request by Council Member Alfredo Agredano

1.      Discussion with possible action authorizing the City Manager to have the Department of Engineering/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.

 

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

1.      Update on hiring of Tennis Pro for Market Street courts.

 

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

           

D.        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.

 

E.        Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

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

 

2.      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)

 

3.      Discussion with possible action to reconsider fire service contract with Webb County for the provision of fire protection, emergency medical and rescue services for all unincorporated areas of the County of Webb, Texas, lying outside the incorporated limits of the City of Laredo at an annual rate of $43,750.00 per month from November 2003 through September 2004 and $50,000.00 per month from October 2004 through September 2005 for a total of 23 months beginning November 1, 2003 and ending September 30, 2005 in the total amount of $1,081,250.00.

 

4.      Discussion with possible action on creating on aircraft viewing area as recommended by the Airport Advisory Committee.

 

F.         Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

1.      Status report on the Calle Iturbide project.

 

          (Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

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

 


X.        FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

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2003-O-248             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.

 

2003-O-249             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.

 

2003-O-250             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.

 

2003-O-251             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.  

 

2003-O-252             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).

 

2003-O-253             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. 

 

2003-O-254             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.

 

2003-O-255             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.

 

2003-O-256             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.

 

2003-O-257             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.

 

2003-O-258             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.

 

2003-O-259             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.

 

2003-O-260             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.

 

2003-O-261             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.

 

XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

26.  2003-R-132        Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.001 of an acre (53.327 sq. ft.) parcel of land, as a perpetual easement, from C. S. Rodriguez Estate, for the Iturbide Street Urban Mall Project.  Said parcel of land being out of Lot 10, Block 4, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

27.  2003-R-133        Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.004 of an acre (174.240 sq. ft.) parcel of land and a 0.001 of an acre (43.516 sq. ft.) parcel of land, as perpetual easements, from Maria E. Barreda, for the Iturbide Street Urban Mall Project.  Said parcels of land being out of Lot 7, Block 4, and Lot 8, Block 4; respectively, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

28.  2003-R-134        Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.003 of an acre (149.481 sq. ft.) parcel of land and a 0.004 of an acre (155.841 sq. ft.) parcel of land, as perpetual easements, from Talagon Ltd., for the Iturbide Street Urban Mall Project.  Said parcels of land being out of Lots 8 & 9; respectively, Block 4; Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

29.  2003-R-135        Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.001 of an acre (43.560 sq. ft.) parcel of land, as a perpetual easement, from Gonbar Realty, Ltd., for the Iturbide Street Urban Mall Project.  Said parcel of land being out of Lot 9, Block 4, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

30.  2003-R-136        Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.004 of an acre (162.231 sq. ft.) parcel of land and a 0.006 of an acre (269.814 sq. ft.) parcel of land, as perpetual easements, from Minimall of Laredo, Inc., for the Iturbide Street Urban Mall Project.  Both parcels of land being out of Lot 6, Block 4, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

XII.      MOTIONS

 

31.         Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Interlocal Agreement between L.I.S.D. and City of Laredo in which City agrees to convey two former street sections namely, (a) Benavides Street between Davis Avenue and Main Avenue, and (b) Garcia Street between San Dario Avenue and San Eduardo Avenue, and license to use (c) 12,675 sq. ft. out of Davis Street for school parking in exchange for (1) conveyance to City of certain properties owned by L.I.S.D. and (2) providing for L.I.S.D. to be responsible for existing utility lines on said former street sections; and directing that after L.I.S.D. has conveyed the referenced properties to the City, ordinance be submitted authorizing the conveyance of the two closed street sections and granting said license to use part of street for parking.

 

32.         Consideration to award an eleven month contract to Government Relations, Inc., Washington, D.C., in the amount of $82,500.00, plus travel and related expenses up to $5,000.00 for the period beginning November 1, 2003 and ending September 30, 2004 for intergovernmental, informational, and advocacy services to the City of Laredo.  Funding is available in General Fund.

 

33.         Consideration to approve Change Order No. 5 in the amount of $121,095.26 to Lambda Construction Company for the Jefferson Street High Service Pump Station construction project to pay for remobilization of contractor due to the delays associated with timing of water production shut down and delivery of electrical power supply.

 

34.         Consideration to exercise the renewal option for annual contract number FY03-006 awarded to the low bidders, Al & Rob Sales, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $264,000.00 for the purchase of trousers and Gall, Inc., Lexington, KY, in the estimated amount of $69,000.00 for the purchase of shirts for Police Department personnel.  All items will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Police Department budget.

 

35.         Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a one year service agreement with H.T.E., Inc., Lake Mary, Florida, in the amount of $74,802.00 of which United Water will pay $16,602.00 and the City of Laredo will pay $58,200.00.  The service agreement is for service and maintenance on the municipal applications residing on the City’s I-Series 400 computer for the period of October 1, 2003 thru September 30, 2004.

 

36.         Consideration to authorize the purchase of computers through the State of Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) cooperative purchase contracts for City Departments.  The City is able to utilize the Department of Information Resources’ purchasing power in acquiring information systems such as personal computers.  Funding is available in the respective departmental budgets.

 

37.         Consideration to authorize the purchase of telecommunication and networking equipment in the estimated amount of $35,000.00 through the State of Texas Department of Information Services contract vendors.  The telephone and networking equipment will be installed at the Police Department’s Financial and Narcotics Task Force offices.  Grant funding is available in the respective departmental budgets.

 

38.         Consideration to ratify the expenses incurred to make repairs to the Transit Center offices resulting from water damages on September 1, 2003.  A water heater line break flooded the El Metro offices on the east wing of the third floor, Community Development offices on the second floor, and Burger King Restaurant.  Repair contracts in the total amount of  $67,077.81 were issued to the following vendors:  E.G. Construction-$26,690.00, Pro Remediation, Inc.-$30,403.00, Lopez Floor and Wall Covering-$8,100.00, and Bexar Electric Company-$1,884.81.  All expenses will be reimbursed by our insurance carrier, Texas Municipal League (TML) less a $10,000.00 deductible per occurrence.

 

39.         Consideration to award contract number FY04-002 to the low bidder, Rankin Auto Transmission, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $58,975.00 for transmission repairs for the Fleet Management Division.  The term of this contract is one year.  The bid pricing will be firm during the contract period and all repair work will be secured on an as needed basis.  The new contract pricing is approximately 10% less than the previous contract amount.  Funding is available in the Fleet Fund.

 

40.         Consideration to award annual contract number FY04-001 to the low bidder, Garcia’s Auto Glass, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $46,122.00 for providing glass replacement service for the Fleet Maintenance Division.  The term of this contract is approximately 8% lower than the previous contract period.  All work will be done on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Fund.

 

41.         Consideration to exercise the renewal option for annual contract FY03-003 to the low bidder, Southern Sanitation, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $40,092.00 for providing trash collection services for large volume containers.  These services will be required for various City operations such as Airport, Bridge, Civic Center, Parks and Recreation, Public Access, and Solid Waste.  The contract is also required to provide these containers for special events such as the household collection event.  Funding is available in the respective departmental budgets.

 

42.         Authorizing the City Manager to withdraw the Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) Application, release the retainage and close the contract with Brown & Root for the Zacate Creek Stormwater Management Master Plan Project.  The Master Plan was developed to alleviate the flooding problem on Zacate Creek Watershed.  Since the detention pond on the Alexander Property was not built and the City is proposing channel improvements on the upper Zacate Creek, the Map Revision Application needs to be withdrawn and submitted at a later time when the improvements are done.

 

43.         Consideration to authorize the payment of the solid waste fee assessed by the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) in the estimated yearly total amount of $401,250.00.  The City is assessed a solid waste fee of $1.25/ton for all waste processed (disposed) at the landfill.  The department estimates that approximately 321,000 tons of waste will be processed during the next year.  The fee is assessed quarterly and funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

44.         Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Arcadis, Laredo, Texas, for the Laredo Street drainage improvements and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the  2003 CO Issue-Laredo Street Drainage.

 

45.         Authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement between the City of Laredo and Hurd Urban Development, Ltd., Tanquesitos Land & Cattle Co., Ltd., a Texas Limited Partnership & 3G’s Partners, Jesse Martinez, Francisco Guerra, Sr., Francisco Guerra, Jr., Pedro I. Saenz, Jr., Richard E. Haynes and Vinateria Ranch Company, Ltd., respective owners of eight parcels of land described in the agreement for provisions of water and sewer capacity in the form of Living Unit Equivalency (LUEs). The provisions for water and sewer are made available though the oversizing of both the water and wastewater line extensions for the Colonias Project on SH 359 and the Texas Mexican Rail Road right-of-way. 

 

46.         Authorizing the City Manager to award a contract with Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc., for professional services in the amount of $147,843.00 for an Intelligent Transportation System Plan for the City of Laredo.

 

47.         Motion to approve a contract with the Laredo Development Foundation for economic development.  The Laredo Development Foundation’s mission is to help create jobs, industrial attraction, and enhancement of local business, which they do through the Industrial Attraction Division, Small Business Development Division/Center, and the Special Projects Division.  The contract is for fiscal year 2004 in the amount of $407,400.00.

 

48.         Motion to approve twenty-nine general fund third party contracts for fiscal year 2003 for a total of $621,047.00.  The contracts are listed as follows:

 

Bringing Everyone Special Together                                    $  10,547.00

Bethany House                                                                        $  15,000.00

Border Area Nutrition Council                                                $  26,250.00

Boy’s & Girls Club of Laredo                                                 $  67,500.00

Boy Scouts Gulf Coast Council                                             $  13,500.00

Casa de Misericordia                                                             $  11,250.00

Catholic Social Services                                                        $  11,250.00

Children’s International Advocacy                                         $  45,000.00

Club Olympia                                                                           $    3,750.00

Communities in Schools                                                        $  11,250.00

Community Action Agency – Elderly Nutrition Program     $  15,000.00

Community Action Agency – Meals on Wheels                   $  14,250.00

Girl Scouts Paisano Council                                                  $    7,500.00  

Laredo Crime Stoppers                                                         $  11,250.00

L.I.S.D. Campus Crime Stoppers                                         $    5,625.00

Laredo Regional Food Bank                                                 $  18,750.00

Laredo Webb County Food Bank                                         $  22,500.00

Laredo Webb Neighborhood Housing Service                   $  11,250.00

Laredo/Webb Child Welfare Board                                      $    3,375.00

Laredo Animal Protective Society                                        $126,000.00

Laredo Veteran’s Coalition                                                    $  45,000.00

Laredo International Fair and Exposition                             $    3,375.00

Literacy Volunteers of America                                             $    5,250.00

Rio Grande International Study Center                                 $  15,000.00

Ruthe B. Cowl Rehabilitation Center                                    $  56,250.00

Sacred Heart Children’s Home                                             $    3,750.00

South Texas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse               $    3,750.00

Serving Children and Adolescents in Need                         $  27,000.00

Webb County American Red Cross                                     $    7,500.00

Special Olympics                                                                    $    3,375.00

              

49.         Approving monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amount to be adjusted for the month of September 2003, represents an increase in levy of $3,601.72.  These adjustments are determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

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

a.             A refund in the amount of $870.55 payable to Arnulfo & Janice Gonzalez Jr., due to an over payment by the taxpayer.  Account #927-00006-089. 

b.             A refund in the amount of $673.67 payable to Fairbanks Capital Corp., c/o of Lereta Corporation due to an over payment by the Mortgage CompanyAccount #945-00851-420.

c.              A refund in the amount of $734.41 payable to Fairbanks Capital, Corp. due to an over payment by the Mortgage Company. Account #983-10001-090.

d.             A refund in the amount of $995.80 payable to 1st National Bank of Arizona.  The payment was applied to the wrong parcel number. Account #801-01000-770.

e.             A refund in the amount of $9,075.57 payable to G/S Leasing Inc., Attn: Property Tax Department due to a Webb County Appraisal District change of value certified by the Appraisal Review Board.  Account #801-07099-134 as clerical error as per Section 25.25.

f.                A refund in the amount of $690.37 payable to Casanova Auto Parts, c/o Jose C. Casanova due to a Webb County Appraisal District change of value certified by the Webb County Appraisal Review Board as double assessment.  Account #800-03000-500.

g.             A refund in the amount of $594.18 payable to Homer Ortiz due to a Webb County Appraisal District change of value certified by the Webb County Appraisal Review Board as double assessment. Account #812-02000-917.

h.              A refund in the amount of $633.96 payable to Maria Arciga Davis due to a Webb County Appraisal change of value certified by the Webb Webb County Review Board as an over 65 exemption.  Account #902-00009-030.

i.                A refund in the amount of $796.42 payable to Duty Free Americas, Inc., due to the delay in arriving at the tax office.  Penalty, interest, and collection fees are being refunded.  Account #800-09000-040.

 

XIII.     STAFF REPORTS

51.

 
           

A.            Presentation by Riazul Mia, Environmental Services Director, on the bi-national study and Regional Assessment of Water Quality in the Rio Grande Basin between the United States and Mexico by International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC)-Clean River Program.

 

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.

           

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

 

52.         Consideration to award contract FY03-105 to the lowest responsible bidder GFI Genfare, Elk Grove Village, Illinois, for the purchase of fifty (50) replacement electronic fare boxes, two (2) training fare boxes include spare and one ticket vending machine and related software in the amount of $553,700.00.  These new fare boxes will accept coins, bills, and magnetic face cards.  Delivery and complete installation of this new fare box system is expected within 60 days after contract award.  Funding is available from the Federal Grant TX-90-456. 

 

XVI.     ADJOURN AS THE MASS TRANSIT BOARD 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 Wednesday, October 15, 2003 at 6:00 p.m.

 

                       

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary