CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2003-R-022

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

NOVEMBER 17, 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 September 15, 2003 and September 22, 2003.

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

a.      H.E.B Feast of Sharing to be held on November 23, 2003.

 

b.      International GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Day will be celebrated locally at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) with numerous exhibitors from local agencies, companies and universities from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on November 19, 2003, in Room 111 of the Western Hemispheric Trade Center. 

 

Recognitions

a.      Recognizing the participants and sponsors of Dia del Rio opening ceremonies, Dia del Rio and Make a Difference Day.  In all, approximately 650 people volunteered their time and efforts. Cumulatively, 300 hours were spent beautifying, weeding, trail building, removing non-native vegetation and litter from the areas along the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo on October 18 and October 25, 2003.

 

b.      Recognition of Herlinda Rodriguez of the Parks and Recreation Department on her selection as October Employee of the Month.

 

c.      Presentation of the 2004 Employee Leadership Development Class.

 

Communiqués

a.                  Presentation by United Independent School District (UISD) regarding the proposed bond election to be held November 22, 2003.

 

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 1 & 3, Block 889, Western Division, located at 1101 Lafayette Street, 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 approval of the proposed zone change.

 

2.               Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 1825, Eastern Division, located at 2201 Lyon Street, from R-1 (Single Family Residential 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 and approval of the extension of the previously approved Conditional Use Permit.

 

3.               Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 432, Eastern Division, located at 301 W. Olive Street, from R-3 (Mixed Residential 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.

 

4.               Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 7, Block 667, Eastern Division, located at 1208 E. San Pedro Street from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential 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 1.73 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A” located at approximately 23008 Mines Road from AG (Agricultural District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change.

 

6.               Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 4.198 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A” located approximately east of Mines Road and south of World Trade Center Loop, from AG (Agricultural District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

7.               Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 6, Block 1413, Eastern Division, located at 2419 Market Street, 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 approval of the proposed zone change.

 

8.               Individual Public Hearings for the voluntary annexation of four (4) tracts of land (Tract 1: Las Blancas Tract - 419.4591 acres, more or less; Tract 2: Las Misiones Tract - 83.0116 acres, more or less; Tract 3: McNary and Calk Tract - 70.42 acres, more or less; Tract 4: Zachry Tract - 256.66 acres, more or less) totaling 829.55 acres, more or less, and the unilateral annexation of one (1) tract of land (Tract 5: Highway 359 Tract- 622.5 acres, more or less), for a total of 1,452.05 acres, more or less, as described in the attached tract summaries as required by Section 43.063 of the Texas Local Government Code.

 

9.               Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget for the following funds:  Hotel-Motel Fund annual budget by appropriating expenditures in the amount of $441,270.00 for third party agency contract funding, Parking Meters Fund annual budget by appropriating expenditures in the amount of $63,427.00 for the FY 2003-2004 Debt Service payment, and Capital Improvements Fund (CIF) annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $400,000.00 in order to fund various capital improvement projects in each City Council district, and authorizing the City Manager to implement such budget.

 

10.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance repealing Ordinance 2003-O-253 and amending Ordinance 2000-O-254, Chapter 5.5, Ambulances Article I-In General, of the Code of Ordinances, by specifically amending Section 5.5-28 (a) and (c)(2) so as 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.

 

11.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 Colonias Project Fund, Water Fund, and Sewer Fund annual budget by appropriating revenues in the amount of $275,213.00 from the Colonias landowners participating in oversizing and appropriating the transfer in an expenditure in the amount of $275,213.00 for the construction of SH 359 work order no. 4 Water Transmission Line Extension Project and SH 359 work order no. 1 Wastewater Trunk Line Project in the Colonias Fund.

 

VIII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

12.            

            A.        Request by Council Member Alfredo Agredano

                                                                        1.      Status report on the low water crossing road connecting Merida and Independence Hills.

 

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

1.      Report on all CIP Park projects in District III for 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 budget years, with possible action.

2.      Update on the Bartlett Street opening between Cortez and Guatemozin, with possible action.

3.      General discussion on the need for greater enforcement of property maintenance by both citizens and the City, with possible action.

           

C.        Request by Council Member Eliseo Valdez, Jr.

1.      Detailed status report, including funding, for all parks in District V.

2.      Status report on the Ryan Bridge project.

3.      Status report on the Saunders/Lafayette traffic and light study.

4.      Status report regarding possible development of locked land in the Calton Gardens area located within Hillside, Calton and Springfield Roads.

 

D.        Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

1.      Discussion with possible action on the installation of street lights on San Francisco Road.

2.      Discussion with possible action on the repairs of the railroad crossing on Jefferson Street.

3.      Status report on the Calle Iturbide Project.

4.      Discussion with possible action on the parking lot by the riverbank.

         

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 


IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

13.           Closing as a public easement that section of the 300 block of Texas Avenue between Chacon and Piedra China Streets situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas, and providing for an effective date.

 

14.           Closing as a public easement the North one-half section of the 2300 block of Canada Avenue between O’kane and Clark Streets situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas, and providing for an effective date.

 

15.           Closing as a public easement that section of the North 346.66 feet of Naranjo Avenue between Pappas and the North property line of Block 32-A as per the Laredo Airport Subdivision Replat recorded in Volume 16, pages 49-51 of the Webb County Plat Records, situated in the Laredo Airport Subdivision, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; being generally described on the attached Exhibit “A,” provided that the Laredo International Airport retains all existing easements located on said section of Naranjo Avenue and providing for an effective date for the closure and reversion of the public’s interest in said street to the Laredo International Airport.

 

16.           Closing as a public easement that section of Sta. Rita Avenue between Ventura and Piedregal Streets situated in the Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and providing for an effective date.

 

17.           Amending Chapter 19, Motor Vehicle and Traffic, Article VIII, Stopping, Standing or Parking, of the Code of Ordinances, City of Laredo:  specifically   Section 19-364 (5), Restricted Parking Areas, to extend the existing permit parking only/tow away zone boundaries to include Longhorn Drive, Yale Drive, and Alameda Drive; providing for effective date and publication.                

 

18.           Amending Section 28-100 of the Code of Ordinances which makes it unlawful to use public property for private commercial purposes, in order to increase the penalty for a violation of the section from two hundred dollars to five hundred dollars; and providing for publication and effective date.

 

X.        FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

           

19.            

2003-O-282             Amending the City of Laredo annual budget by decreasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $6,300.00 to reflect the actual grant amount of $14,700.00 for Project Alcance.  The Driscoll’s Children’s Health Plans of Corpus Christi has awarded this grant to the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2003 through August 31, 2004.

 

2003-O-283             Amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 Airport Construction and Noise Abatement budgets to recognize additional revenues from two grants received from the Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program being Grant Project No. 3-48-0136-38-2003 in the amount of $1,314,480.00 for improvements to the Airport Rescue & Fire Fighting (ARFF) Station, rehabilitation of taxiways, reconstruction of apron and construction of cargo apron pads; and Grant Project No. 3-48-0136-39-2003 in the amount of $3,000,000.00  and a local match in the amount of $333,334.00 available in the Airport Construction Fund for acquisition of residences and avigation easements and to sound insulate residential structures all in the 65 DNL noise contour of the Laredo International Airport; and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment; providing for an effective date.

 

2003-O-284             Authorizing the City Manager to accept a reimbursement from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the amount of $10,720.00 for overtime expenses and amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget in the amount of $10,720.00 to fund the Laredo Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).  The Laredo Police Department will assign one police investigator to the task force.  Reimbursement of overtime expenses will commence on October 1, 2003 through September 30, 2004.

 

2003-O-285             Authorizing the City Manager to grant a Right-of-Entry Permit to the United States of America in the area encompassed by the following City-owned blocks, for use as a work area for environmental exploration and survey, Southward and Eastward up to Tilden Avenue, including any public right-of-way abutting said blocks and any river vega land. Said blocks being delineated on attached copy of City Plat: all of Blocks 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 57, 68, 414, 415, 416, 425, 450-A 629, 630, 644, 645, 658, 659, 672, 673, 674, 675, 676, 677, 680, 708, 708-B & 724; all being situated in the Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; and providing for an effective date.


XI.       RESOLUTIONS

 

20.           2003-R-142    Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.007 of an acre (310.625 sq. ft.) parcel of land, and a 0.007 of an acre (310.625 sq. ft.) parcel of land, as perpetual easements, from Mandel Family Enterprises, for the Iturbide Street Urban Mall Project.  Said parcels of land being out of the West 22.50 feet of  Lot 7, and out of Lot 8, Block 2, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

21.           2003-R-143    Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.002 of an acre (105.390 sq. ft.) parcel of land, as a perpetual easement, from Laredo Coin & Gift, Inc., for the Iturbide Street Urban Mall Project.  Said parcel of land being out of the West 26.71 feet of Lot 10, Block 37, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

22.           2003-R-144    Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.005 of an acre (221.804 sq. ft.) parcel of land, as a perpetual easement, from Norton Stores, Inc., for the Iturbide Street Urban Mall Project.  Said parcel of land being out of Lot 7A, Block 36, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

23.           2003-R-145    Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.008 of an acre (327.711 sq. ft.) parcel of land, as a perpetual easement, from Natan Bar-Yadin, for the Iturbide Street Urban Mall Project.  Said parcel of land being out of Lot 10, Block 2, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

24.           2003-R-146    Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.005 of an acre (221.804 sq. ft.) parcel of land, as a perpetual easement, from the George A. Talamas Family Limited, Partnership, for the Iturbide Street Urban Mall Project.  Said parcel of land being out of Lot 8, Block 36, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

25.           2003-R-147    Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.006 of an acre (246.626 sq. ft.) parcel of land, as a perpetual easement, from The Estate of Goldie Shaffer, for the Iturbide Street Urban Mall Project.  Said parcel of land being out of Lot 9, Block 36, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

26.           2003-R-148    Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.006 of an acre (253.861 sq. ft.) parcel of land, and a 0.002 of an acre (93.959 sq. ft.) parcel of land, as perpetual easements, from Yu-Ting Chiang, for the Iturbide Street Urban Mall Project.  Said parcels of land being out of Lot 10, Block 36, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

27.           2003-R-149    Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.006 of an acre (256.346 sq. ft.) parcel of land, as a perpetual easement, from In Bok Yi, for the Iturbide Street Urban Mall Project.  Said parcel of land being out of Lot 6, Block 37, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

28.           2003-R-150    Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.012 of an acre (537.950 sq. ft.) parcel of land, as a perpetual easement, from Minnie Dora Bunn Haynes, for the Iturbide Street Urban Mall Project.  Said parcel of land being out of Lots 7 & 8, Block 37, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

29.           2003-R-151    Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of a 0.005 of an acre (214.212 sq. ft.) parcel of land, and a 0.003 (111.772 sq. ft.) parcel of land, as perpetual easements, from Burco Realty Comapny, for the Iturbide Street Urban Mall Project.  Said parcels of land being out of Lot 9, and the East 28.85 feet of Lot 10, Block 37, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

30.           2003-R-152    Resolution of the City of Laredo suspending the effective date of AEP Texas Central Company’s requested rate changes to permit the city time to study the request and to establish reasonable rates; approving cooperation with other cities within AEP Texas Central Company’s service territory; authorizing intervention in the proceeding at the Public Utility Commission; requiring reimbursement of cities’ rate case expenses; requiring notice of this resolution to the company.

 

31.           2003-R-153    Expressing the concern of the City Council as to how the implementation of the United States Visitor and Immigration Status Indicator Program (US-VISIT) might adversely impact the City of Laredo, Texas, and directing the City Secretary to forward a copy of this resolution to the Secretary of Homeland Security and our U.S. Senators and Congress member.

 

32.           2003-R-154    Confirming the appointment of representatives from the City of Laredo to serve on the Board of Directors of the South Texas Development Council for the period beginning October 1, 2003 to September 30, 2004.

 

33.           2003-R-155    Supporting and participating in the South Texas Development Council; and authorizing payment of $36,315.20 for City’s membership assessment for the period covering October 1, 2003 to September 30, 2004.

 

XII.      MOTIONS

 

34.           Consideration to authorize the City Manager to execute renewal contracts for legislative consultant services provided to City of Laredo in Austin, Texas.  The contracts include the following:

A.                 McWilliams & Associates for a twelve month period beginning October 1, 2003 and ending September 30, 2004, at a rate of $3,500.00 per month and no out-of-pocket expenses.

B.                 Baker Botts L.L.P. for a twelve month period beginning October 1, 2003 and ending September 30, 2004, at a rate of $4,000.00 per month and out-of-pocket expenses not to exceed $5,000.00.

C.                Mario A. Martinez for an eleven month period beginning November 1, 2003 and ending September 30, 2004 (previous contract ended 10/31/2003), at a rate of $3,500.00 per month and out-of-pocket expenses not to exceed $5,000.00.

D.                Raul G. Liendo, d.b.a Tejas Consulting, for a nine month period beginning January 1, 2004 and ending September 30, 2004, at a rate of $1,500.00 per month and out-of-pocket expenses not to exceed $2,000.00.

Funding is available in the General Fund budget for FY 03-04.

 

35.           Consideration for approval to award an engineering contract to Cutler-Gallaway Services, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $82,985.00 for design and preparation of plans and specifications for the Los Obispos Housing Project (approximately 26 units) including a $7,500.00 allowance for subsurface exploration work.  Funding is available in the Los Obispos Housing Project. 

 

36.           Consideration for approval of change order no. 3 an increase of $113,928.25 to the construction contract with Price Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Laredo International Airport northeast cargo and access road for the addition of a concrete pavement on a portion of the access road west of the cargo apron and additional guidance signs.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund under Grant 29. 

 

37.           Consideration for approval to award an engineering contract to Freese and Nichols, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $88,494.00 for design and preparation of plans and specifications for the Laredo International Airport east fuel farm.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund under Grant 30. 

 

38.           Consideration for approval to award an engineering contract to Freese and Nichols, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $35,876.00 for design and preparation of plans and specifications for the Laredo International Airport placement of concrete panels at strategic locations within the southwest cargo apron.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund under Grant 38. 

 

39.           Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the sole bidder, Zertuche Construction, Laredo, Texas, for the Laredo International Airport improvements to Fire Station No. 6 in the base bid amount of $440,500.00.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund under Grant 38. 

 

40.           Consideration to award a construction contract to Ramos Industries, Inc., Pasadena, Texas, in the bid amount of $651,710.00 for taxiway G for the Laredo International Airport reconstruction of portions of Taxiway G Project.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction under Grant 38. 

 

41.           Consideration for approval of change order no. 1 an increase of $6,162.00 to the construction contract with Gilmar Construction, Ltd., Laredo, Texas, for the CDBG Sidewalks City-Wide Project No. 22 (30 blocks) for additional concrete sidewalk and concrete header wall to prevent erosion on City’s right-of-way to be constructed on the 2200 block of San Eduardo and 2700 block of McPherson.  Funding is available in the District IV Discretionary Funds.

 

42.           Consideration for approval of change order no. 1 an increase of $850.00 to the construction contract with Triple A Concrete, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the CDBG Sidewalks City-Wide Project No. 24 (30 blocks) for additional concrete header curb to prevent erosion to be constructed at 303 W. Travis Street and to add five (5) working days to the construction contract time.  Funding is available in the District V Discretionary Funds.

 

43.           Consideration to award contract FY04-015 to the sole bidder, Little Tikes Commercial, San Antonio, Texas, in the total amount of $68,938.31 for the purchase and installation of two playground modules.  These will be installed at the South Laredo Park (Mario Tijerina Park).  Funding is available in the 28th Action Year-2002 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

 

44.           Authorizing the award of 2003 HOME Investment Partnerships Program Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) set aside funds in the amount of $218,104.00 to the Azteca Economic Development and Preservation Corporation (AZTECA), and further authorizing the City Manager to enter into contract with AZTECA for the same.   A sole, viable proposal was submitted by Azteca to construct a 6-unit multi-family rental low-income housing complex within the Azteca neighborhood.   

 

45.           Consideration to ratify payment for invoices prior to October 2003 in the amount of $25,350.00 and award a professional service contract to DNA Reference Lab, San Antonio, Texas, for an estimated annual amount of $100,000.00 for criminal investigation laboratory services for the Laredo Police Department on an as needed basis.  Services include DNA, firearm comparison analysis, serology, and other services required for criminal investigations. 

 

46.           Consideration to authorize the City Manager to sign an Interlocal Agreement for E9-1-1 Service and Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) Equipment between the South Texas Development Council (STDC) and the City of Laredo as it relates to the planning, development, operation and provision of 9-1-1 service, the use of 9-1-1 funds, and adherence to applicable law for a period of no more than six months ending February 29, 2004.

 

47.           Authorizing the City Manager to continue using the Webb County Jail to incarcerate prisoners that are arrested for Class C misdemeanor violations, and to pay Webb County for these services at a rate of $49.43 per day per prisoner.  The daily rate is subject to change in accordance with the rate allowed by the United States Government for incarcerating federal prisoners in the Webb County Jail.  This agreement will continue annually unless written notice from either party to discontinue the services is submitted.    Webb County Jail is the only source that provides this service within our geographic area.

 

48.           Consideration to award contract number FY04-014 in the estimated annual amount of $50,000.00 for the purchase of paper for copiers and printers from the sole bidder, Executive Office Supply, Laredo, Texas.  Departments will order these items on an as needed basis.  The term of this contract is for a twelve-month period and will include copy paper, green bar and other computer paper.  Funding is available in the  office supply line item of the respective departments.

 

49.           Authorizing the City Manager to enter into agreement with Integrated Payment Systems (Western Union Convention Pay Service) to automate the pay station activity used to collect water utility payments.  With this automation, funds and data will be electronically transmitted and processed, thus improving on the efficiency and accuracy of this activity.

 

50.           Approving monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amount to be adjusted for the month of October 2003, represents an increase in levy of $8,444.56.  These adjustments are determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

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

a.                  A refund in the amount of $702.96 payable to Veronica Ramirez due to double payment.  Account# 909-00004-580.

b.                  A refund in the amount of $978.68 payable to Citifinancial Mortgage due an erroneous payment by the mortgage company.  Account 968-00015-235.

 

52.           Consideration for approval of amendment no. 3 an increase of $14,500.00 to the professional services contract with Rosin Group, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Zacate Creek Linear Park, Phase III, IV & V-scope of work II, for additional design of a low water crossing/pedestrian bridge across Zacate Creek upstream from the Rio Grande River.  Funding is available in the CDBG Zacate Creek Park Phase III, IV & V-28th Action Year-2002 Grant.

 


XIII.     STAFF REPORTS

           

53.            

a.      Update report on the status of the Colonias Project.

 

b.      Presentation by consultant Tetra Tech, Inc. for the three police substations.

 

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.

 

54.           Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code  551.071(1)(A) to discuss with City Attorney pending litigation, Mariagloria Gonzalez v. City of Laredo, Alfredo Agredano, Johnny Amaya, Gene Belmares, Elizabeth G. Flores, John C. Galo, Hector Garcia, Juan Ramirez, Eliseo Valdez, Jr., Jose Alberto Valdez, Jr., Cause No. 2002CVQ1562-D2, in the District Court 111th Judicial District Webb County, Texas, and return to open session for possible action.

 

55.           Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code  551.071(1)(A) to discuss with City Attorney pending litigation, Gilbert L. Leyendecker, and wife, June G. Leyendecker and Leyendecker Properties, Ltd., vs. City of Laredo, Texas Civil No. L-01-174, in the United States District Court Southern District, Laredo Division, and return to open session for possible action.

 

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

 

56.           Consideration to reject all bids received for the purchase of five mini vans with an ADA conversion package (bid FY03-105) and authorize staff to solicit new bids.  Three vendors responded to the bid request, however, two failed to include the ADA conversion package and the other vendor does not have the required state license to sell vehicles in Texas.  Funding is available from the Federal Grant TX-90-456.

 

XVI.     RECESS AS THE LAREDO 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, November 12, 2003 at 6:30 p.m.

                                                                       

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary