CITY COUNCIL MEETING
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
A. Request by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores
Police Chief Agustin Dovalina, III, regarding police protection for our
citizens in light of the
with possible action regarding the loitering and the inappropriate and
offensive behavior by vagrants at
B. Request by Council Member Alfredo Agredano
Discussion with possible action authorizing the City
Manager to have the Department of
C. Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore John C. Galo
Update on hiring of Tennis Pro for
Report from Traffic Department regarding accidents on Meadow and
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.
Discussion with possible action on creating on aircraft
viewing area as recommended by the
F. Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez
1. Status report on the Calle Iturbide project.
IX. INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES
Closing as a public easement that section of the 2000 block of
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.
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
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
the City Manager to accept a grant from the Texas Department of
Transportation for the “El Protector” program and amending the City of
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).
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
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
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.
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
Closing as a
public easement that section of the 2800 block of
Closing as a
public easement that section of the 2000 block of
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Consideration to exercise the renewal option
for annual contract number FY03-006 awarded to the low bidders, Al & Rob
Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a
one year service agreement with H.T.E., Inc.,
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.
Consideration to ratify the expenses incurred
to make repairs to the
Consideration to award contract number
FY04-002 to the low bidder, Rankin Auto Transmission,
Consideration to award annual contract number
FY04-001 to the low bidder, Garcia’s Auto Glass,
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
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.
Consideration for approval of the selection of
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
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
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
Border Area Nutrition Council $ 26,250.00
Boy’s & Girls Club of Laredo $ 67,500.00
Casa de Misericordia $ 11,250.00
Catholic Social Services $ 11,250.00
Children’s International Advocacy $ 45,000.00
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
L.I.S.D. Campus Crime Stoppers $ 5,625.00
Laredo Webb County Food Bank $ 22,500.00
Laredo/Webb Child Welfare Board $ 3,375.00
Laredo Veteran’s Coalition $ 45,000.00
Literacy Volunteers of
Ruthe B. Cowl Rehabilitation Center $ 56,250.00
Sacred Heart Children’s Home $ 3,750.00
Serving Children and Adolescents in Need $ 27,000.00
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.
A refund in the amount of $995.80 payable to 1st National
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
Presentation by Riazul
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
XV. RECESS AS THE
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
This notice was posted at the
Municipal Government Offices,
Gustavo Guevara, Jr.