CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2003-R-024

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

DECEMBER 8, 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

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

 

Communiqués

a.      Presentation by Streets of Laredo Urban Mall Association of the Jamboozie Mardi Gras 2004 Poster and Iturbide Street.

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

           

           

 

  

VII.      PUBLIC HEARING

 

1.               Public hearing amending the 29th Action Year 2003 Consolidated One-Year Action Plan to reprogram a total of $50,000.00 from 2003 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds by deleting the Inner City Park Phase II - Irrigation/Landscaping Improvements and creating a public service activity known as the Inner City Technology Instruction Program totaling $50,000.00. 

 

VIII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

2.                

A.        Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

1.      Discussion with possible action on the installation of restrooms at El Cuatro Park.

 

2.      Discussion with possible action regarding paving the 2200 Block of Hidalgo Street using District VIII discretionary funds.

 

3.      Discussion with possible action to assure the street lights on the streets adjacent to Bridge I are working properly.

 

4.      Discussion with possible action on patching the street cuts on Convent and surrounding streets.

 

 

            (Recess)

            (Press Availability)

 

IX.       FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

3.                

2003-O-300             Authorizing the City Manager to amend the 2003-2004 annual budget in the amount of $79,294.00 for the Laredo Multi-Agency Narcotics Task Force.  Funds will be used from generated program income to pay for overtime and benefits for twenty (20) task force officers for the period of October 1, 2003 through March 30, 2004.  The use of program income was previously approved by the Office of the Governor Criminal Justice Division through a grant adjustment dated September 8, 2003.

 

2003-O-301             Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with the Texas Forest Service to accept a grant in the amount of $20,000.00 with a 50% local match for the hiring of a City forester with the Parks and Recreation Department and amend the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 full time equivalent positions of the General Fund Park Maintenance Division from 69 to 70 and amend the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 General Fund budget by appropriating revenues of $20,000.00 in the form of a grant from the Texas Forest Service and appropriating expenditures in the amount of $20,000.00.  Local match of $20,000.00 will be appropriated from General Fund reserves.

 

2003-O-302             Concerning an application by Home Mart, Inc. and East Royal Land, LC, Vinateria Ranch Company, Ltd. and Brothers Materials, Ltd., altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 419.1608 acres, more or less, located north of Highway 359 and approximately 3.2 miles east of the municipal landfill, as further described by metes and bounds in Attachment "A", specifically the Las Blancas Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District) for 66.8351 acres, B-3 (Community Business District) for 10.7918 acres, B-4 (Highway Commercial District) for 247.5606 acres, and M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) for 93.9733 acres. 

 

2003-O-303             Concerning an application by Las Misiones General Partnership and Mr. A.R. Sanchez, altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 83.0116 acres, more or less, located south of Highway 359 and west of the municipal landfill, as further described by metes and bounds in Attachment "A", specifically the Las Misiones Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District). 

 

2003-O-304             Concerning an application by Laredo Four Winds and Mrs. Elaine Calk, altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 70.42 acres, more or less, located northeast of Eistetter Rd., as further described by metes and bounds in Attachment "A", specifically the McNary and Calk Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District). 

 

2003-O-305             Concerning an application by H.B. Zachry Company and Wyer Family Trust, altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 256.66 acres, more or less, located east of Ejido Ave. and south of Eistetter Rd., as further described by metes and bounds in Attachment "A", specifically the Zachry Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District). 

 

2003-O-306             Concerning an application by the City of Laredo, altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 617.8277 acres, more or less, located along Highway 359 from the municipal landfill to approximately 4.5 miles east, as further described by metes and bounds in Attachment "A", specifically the Highway 359 Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of R-1 (Single Family Residential District). 

 

2003-O-307             Amending the City of Laredo's 2003-2004 annual budget to reflect an appropriation for the development of the Bartlett Avenue railroad crossing.  The appropriation of $63,000.00 comes from a Texas Department of Transportation reimbursement grant in the amount of $40,000.00 and from a Texas-Mexican Railway Company reimbursement in the amount of $23,000.00.

 

2003-O-308             Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by increasing expenditures and revenues by $5,000.00 which represents a state grant from the Texas Department of Health for the Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the contract period beginning November 1, 2003, through August 31, 2004. 

 

2003-O-309             Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by increasing expenditures and revenues by $22,735.00 which represents a state grant from the Texas Department of Health for the Binational TB Card Pilot Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the contract period beginning December 1, 2003, through September 30, 2004; and amend the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 FTEs by .20. 

 

2003-O-310             Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by decreasing expenditures and revenues by $67,234.00 to reflect the actual grant amount of $43,946.00 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 for the contract period beginning November 1, 2003 through August 31, 2004 and amend the FY 2003-2004 full time equivalent positions from 2.44 to 1.

 

2003-O-311             Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 full time equivalent positions for the Laredo Obesity Prevention and Control Project (LOPAC) of the City of Laredo Health Department from 1.51 to .90.

 

2003-O-312             Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 full-time equivalent positions of the Border Vision Fronteriza (BVF) two (2) Community Health Workers for Children’s Health Project from .96 to .70.  (As amended)

 

2003-O-313             Approving the public sale of one tract of airport non-aeronautical use of land located at the southwest corner of Foster Avenue and Pappas Street at the Laredo International Airport to Gateway Community Health Center, Inc., sole bidder, meeting all bid specifications being Tract “C” consisting of approximately 3.808 acres in the amount of $1,077,954.00 and authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary conveyance documents; providing for an effective date.

 

2003-O-314             Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with the Laredo Independent School District for approximately 5.75 acres located on Block 19 of the Laredo Airport Subdivision plat at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for two (2) years commencing on November 1, 2003 and ending October 31, 2005.  However, the lease may be terminated by either party upon giving a ninety (90) day written notice from the party terminating to the other.  Monthly rent shall be $4,425.00 commencing on November 1, 2003 and ending on August 31, 2004 and monthly rent shall be $6,650.00 commencing on September 1, 2004 and ending on October 31, 2005; providing for an effective date.

 

X.        RESOLUTIONS

                                   

4.               2003-R-161    Authorizing the City Manager to execute a non-financial agreement between the City of Laredo Public Library and the Webb County Head Start Program to coordinate services provided to Head Start families.

 

5.               2003-R-162    Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division in the amount of $80,000.00 with the City designating approximately $55,200.00 in matching funds for a total of $135,200.00 for funding a Domestic Violence Grant under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) for the period of September 1, 2004 through August 31, 2005.

 

6.               2003-R-165    Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) in the amount of $25,000.00 with 25% matching funds from the City of Laredo.  Funds will be used for the environmental education program for elementary school children.

 

7.               2003-R-166    Authorizing the City of Laredo to enter into a master contract for purchase of goods and services under the auspices of the U.S. communities cooperative purchasing alliance as permitted by section 791.025 of the Texas Government Code; and authorizing the City Manager to execute the same. 

 

8.               2003-R-167    Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Interlocal Agreement between the County of Jim Hogg and the City of Laredo for the collection of landfill fees for disposal of garbage at the City’s landfill site by the County of Jim Hogg on a daily basis.

 

XI.       MOTIONS

 

9.               Consideration to authorize the City Manager to sell/donate surplus equipment to Encinal and to our Sister Cities of Monclova, Coahuila, Mexticacan, Jalisco; San Miguel de Allende Guanajuato.

 

10.           Consideration for approval of the selection of consultants for the CDBG sidewalks city-wide project (approximately 120 Blocks) as follows:

a.      TEC Engineer & Consultants, Inc., Laredo, Texas (30 Blocks)

b.      Foster Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas (30 Blocks)

c.      Arcadis, Laredo, Texas (30 Blocks)

d.      Howland Surveying Company, Inc., d/b/a The Howland Companies, Laredo, Texas (30 Blocks)

and authorizing to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the Community Development Block Grant Fund.

 

11.           Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract with Roger B. Hartman, d/b/a THC Utility Management Specialists (THC) in the amount of $29,000.00 including labor, direct costs, and incidentals to provide technical consulting services during contract compliance for the administering of the agreement between the City of Laredo and United Water.

 

12.           Final acceptance of the South Laredo Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion Project and approval of final payment of $13,000.00 to Reddy Engineers & Contractors for the agreed upon completion of the contract in the amount of $4,985,631.78.  Funding is available in the South Laredo Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion Project retainage payable account.

 

13.           Consideration to authorize the purchase and installation of a playground module complete with fibar system from Sports and Recreation Products, San Antonio, Texas, through the U.S. Communities Cooperative Purchasing Alliance, contract pricing in the total amount of $54,994.41. This playground module will be installed at the El Cuatro Park.  Funding is available in the 27th Action Year 2001 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

 

14.           Authorizing the issuance of a request for proposals (RFP) for the Laredo Metropolitan Transportation Update.  The MPO has budgeted $200,000.00 for the project.  Funding is available in the General Fund MPO Account.

 

15.           Consideration to authorize the installation of speed humps on the 8600 and 8700 blocks of Chris Lane in accordance with the speed hump installation policy under the special provision for installation; project costs are estimated at $3,000.00; accident data was obtained indicating that a safety hazard does exist on that section of the roadway. Funding will be made available from City Council District VI discretionary funds in the Capital Improvements Fund.

 

16.           Consideration to award a contract for a Tennis Professional, in an amount of $60,000.00 for a twenty-four (24) month period from January 1, 2004 to December 31, 2005, with Ross Boling, individually and D.B.A. Tennis Professional, to provide professional tennis lessons at the Market Street Tennis Courts.  Funding is available from Professional Services in the Recreation Division.

 

17.           Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant for a Community Center to be located by the Farias Recreation Center on Ortiz Street and west of Santa Maria Avenue and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract. 

 

18.           Consideration to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder, J. Solis Maintenance & Welding Services, Laredo, Texas, for the Ryan Street Bridge Conversion & Zacate Creek Pedestrian & Bicycle Facility in the corrected bid amount of $632,481.30.  Funding is available in the Ryan Street Railroad Bridge Capital Outlay Improvements Other than Buildings and Community Development 26th Action Year Grant.

 

19.           Consideration for approval of the selection of Howland Geoscience, Inc., Laredo, Texas, as consultant for the Bridge of the Americas Laboratory Services: Materials Testing and Quality Control and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.

 

20.           Consideration to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder, St. Michael Homes, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the three police workstations in the base bid amount of $368,612.23.  Funding is available in the Police Trust Fund. 

 

21.           Adopting the amended City of Laredo Strategic Plan.

 

XII.      STAFF REPORTS

           

22.            

 

A.              Report regarding survey results of street vending practices in other Texas cities and discussion regarding possible vending requirements on private property (non right-of-way) within the city of Laredo, with possible action.

 

B.              Presentation by Janice Weber, Library Director on Texas Public Standards and Accreditation / Summary of Criteria for Membership in The Texas State Library System: How Laredo Measures Up.

 

C.              Presentation regarding the aircraft viewing area as approved by the Airport Advisory Board, with possible action.

 

XIII.     EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

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

 

XIV.     RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

 

23.           Consideration to authorize the purchase of two (2) mobile lifts through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (Buy Board) contract pricing in the total amount of $46,798.00 from SEFAC, Inc., Baltimore, MD.  These mobile lifts are capable of lifting large buses, trucks and other vehicles for the purpose of inspection, maintenance, servicing and cleaning.  Funding is available in the Federal Grant TX 90-X438.

 

24.           Consideration to award contract FY04-019 to the low bidder, Staff Force, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $49,920.00 for providing contract employees.  Four contract employees will be required to work as cashier clerks, thirty-two hours per week, for fifty-two week period.  Funding is available in the Transit System operations budget.

           

XV.   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, December 3, 2003 at 8:00 p.m.

 

 

           

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary