CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2004-R-01

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

JANUARY 12, 2004

5:30 P.M.

 

DISABILITY ACCESS STATEMENT

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 I.         CALL TO ORDER

 

II.         PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

III.        ROLL CALL

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

Approval of the minutes of November 3, 2003, November 17, 2003 and             December 1, 2003.

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

a.      Invitation by the City of Laredo Convention and Visitors Bureau to the 2nd Annual Laredo International Festival of Sister Cities, January 29 – February 1, 2004.

b.      Invitation to the Tex-21 Reception and Quarterly Meeting on Thursday and Friday January 29-30, 2004.

 

Recognitions

 

a.      Recognition of the nominees for the 2004 Women Hall of Fame.  The following women will be inducted on March 7, 2004:  Sister Rosemary Welsh-Health, Diana Saucedo-Civic Volunteer, Michelle Hinojosa-Law Enforcement, Blanca Nalaschi-Professional, Esperanza Sanchez-Education and Raquel Valle-Senties-Arts.

 

b.      Recognition of the poster contest winners of the 2004 Women Hall of Fame, Aileen Terrazas-Overall Winner, Ana Martinez-Division Winner, Eugenio Villarreal-Division Winner.

 

c.      Recognition of the 2003 Retirees of the Laredo Fire Department.

 

d.      Recognition of the Health Department’s Vital Statistics Registration staff for being awarded the Exemplary 5 Star Vital Registration and Excellence Award from the Texas Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics.

 

e.      Recognition of Nora Bertani, of the Convention and Visitor's Bureau Department, on her selection as December 2003 Employee of the Month.

 

f.        Recognition of Felix Garcia, of the Bridge Department, on his selection as 2003 City of Laredo Employee 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 authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a mechanic shop on Lots 11 & 12, Block 448, Eastern Division, located at 118 & 120 East San Carlos Street; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed Conditional Use Permit.

 

2.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 2.66 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A” located approximately at the 3900 block of Bob Bullock Loop, 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 approval of the proposed zone change.

 

3.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1 and 2, Unit 1, El Rancho Subdivision, located at 4120 Loop 20, 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 approval of the proposed zone change.

 

4.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the amendment of a Special Use Permit for a mini-storage warehouse, on Lot 1, Block 1, Lago Del Mar Subdivision, Unit 11, located at 7611 Bartlett Avenue; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed Special Use Permit.

 

5.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 4, Block 236, Western Division, located at 1309 San Dario 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.

 

6.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 8 and the west 22.56 feet of Lot 7, Block 1692, Eastern Division, located at 2401 Arkansas Avenue, 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 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 2, Block 1, Hilltop Subdivision, Phase I, located at 420 Hilltop Road, 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 approval of the proposed zone change.

 

8.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing the amendment of a Conditional Use Permit for a meat market/supermarket on Lot 2 and the South 1/3 or 23.14’ of Lot 4, Block 1056, Western Division, located 4201 Flores Avenue; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed Conditional Use Permit.

 

9.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a sign on Lot 5A, Block 849, Eastern Division, located at 1520 East San Pedro Street; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed Conditional Use Permit.

 

10.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 0.05 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A” located northwest of the intersection of Loop 20 and the Texas Mexican Railroad right-of-way, from R-1 (Single Family Residential 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.

 

11.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 2.00 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A” located west of South Lucy Avenue and south of Cassata Lane, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change.

 

12.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 219.26 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A” located west of Mines Road and south of Bob Bullock Loop, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District), and M-1 (Light Manufacturing 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.

 

13.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 8.89 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A” located west of Mines Road and south of Bob Bullock Loop, from M-1 (Light 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.

 

14.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 41.25 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A” located west of Mines Road and south of Bob Bullock Loop, from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

15.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a second single family residential dwelling on Lot 1 and the west ½ of Lot 2, Block 1158, Eastern Division, located at 2001 Piedra China Street; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed Conditional Use Permit.

 

16.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for the outdoor storage of heavy equipment on Lot 1G, Block 1, Jacaman Ranch, Unit 1, located at 6320 Krone Lane; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed Conditional Use Permit.

 

17.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Planned Unit Development Specific Use Overlay District on Lot 1A, Block 1, Pan American Mobile Home Park, located approximately at 4502 Game Creek Road; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed Planned Unit Development Specific Use Overlay District.

 

18.      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.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

19.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept $2,750.00 in various donations to the City of Laredo Parks and Recreation Department and amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by 1) appropriating revenues in the amount of $2,250.00 in the form of equal amount donations of $750.00 each from:  South Texas National Bank, International Bank of Commerce and Escamilla and Poneck, Inc., and appropriating expenditures in the amount of $2,250.00 for the attendance at Austin Expo 2004 in Austin, Texas; 2) appropriating revenues of $500.00 in the form of a donation from HEB Food Stores and appropriating expenditures in the amount of $500.00 for the purchase of recreational equipment for the Mario Tijerina Park ribbon cutting ceremony.

 

20.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to accept a grant in the amount of $489,793.00 and amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004 Capital Improvements Projects Fund annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $979,586.00 for the construction and redevelopment of Zacate Creek Linear Park with 50% funding from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Outdoor Recreation Grant Program and 50% local matching funds from Community Development Block Grants ($81,679.00) and a Tex-Mex land donation ($408,114.00).

 

21.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept a contribution to the City of Laredo Parks and Recreation Department in the amount of $12,500.00 from the Prairie Foundation and amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by appropriating revenues of $12,500.00 in the form of a contribution from the Prairie Foundation and appropriating expenditures in the amount of $12,500.00 for the 2004 Summer Playground registration fees.

 

22.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by increasing expenditures and revenues in the amount of $65,750.00 from the Texas Department of Health and $36,965.00 in Program Income for a six-month budget for the Immunization Action Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the grant period beginning on January 1, 2004, through December 31, 2004; and amending the Full-Time Equivalent Positions by -.13.  

 

23.      Public hearing amending the 2003 Consolidated One-Year Action Plan to reprogram a total of $75,000.00 of the 29th Action Year (AY) 2003 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds by reducing the amount of funding for the South Laredo Cross Street Park Project, from $300,000.00 to $225,000.00 and creating a new activity known as the South Laredo (Mario Tijerina) Park Lighting Project totaling $75,000.00. 

 

VIII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

24.       

A.        Request by Council Member Hector J. Garcia

1.      Discussion with possible action on placing more street lights on Clark between Arkansas to Bob Bullock Loop.          

 

B.        Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore John Galo

1.      Discussion with possible action on establishing a program to allow interns to assist the Mayor and City Council.

2.      Discussion with possible action regarding trash bags and other trash within the city limits.

           

B.        Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

1.      Discussion with possible action on creating a speed watch program.

 

C.        Request by Council Member Jose A. Valdez, Jr.

1.      Discussion with possible action regarding the parking situation at 1400 Pierce and surrounding areas.

2.      Recognition of the AARP for being the most active local chapter in the state.

3.      Discussion with possible action on the relocation of a power pole located at 1004 Lafayette.

4.      Status report on the CP&L Road, with possible action.

 

D.        Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

1.      Discussion with possible action on modifications to Bridge II due to the current high alert.

2.      Discussion with possible action regarding driving safety precautions by law enforcement within the city limits.

3.      Status report on Calle Iturbide.

         

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

25.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement with Webb County for approximately 2,378 square feet constituting Building No. 1228 located at 4704 Naranjo Street at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for fifteen (15) months commencing on May 1, 2003 and ending on July 31, 2004.  Monthly rent shall be $1,500.00; providing for an effective date.

 

26.      Setting the maximum speed limits on that portion of Jacaman Road between Summerwind Boulevard and Sinatra Parkway, within the city limits of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, as 40 mph as defined in the control section map provided by the City of Laredo, Traffic Safety Department.

 

27.      Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a lease agreement by and between the Laredo Transit Management, Inc., and the City of Laredo Community Development Department for the lease of 6,628 sq.ft. of building space at the Laredo Transit Center located at 1301 Farragut (East) second and third floors (East) for a monthly sum of $4,218.97 for a term of three (3) years commencing on February 1, 2004.

 

X.        RESOLUTIONS

 

28.      2004-R-001      Accepting the assignment of 7.758 acre feet of municipal water rights from the balance of 244.6125 acre feet deeded to the City of Laredo by Vaquillas Ranch Company, Ltd. by applying 1 acre feet of municipal water rights for water availability charges, and 0.158 acre feet for meter connections fees for the final plat of San Isidro Monarch Unit I; and 6.6 acre feet of municipal water rights for water availability charges in connection with the final plat of Concord Hills Phases VI, VII and VIII.

 

29.      2004-R-002      Accepting the donation of two utility easements for the Pueblo Nuevo Subdivision easement acquisition project, these being:

a.      A 0.0388 acre parcel from Maria del Carmen Serna which is out of Lot 11, Block 13 Pueblo Nuevo Subdivision, described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B; and

b.      A 0.0302 acre parcel from Maria del Carmen Serna which is out of Lot 12, Block 13 Pueblo Nuevo Subdivision, described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits C and D.

 

30.      2004-R-003      Accepting the donation of the “surface only” of a parcel of land from Cielito Lindo, Ltd., a Texas Limited Partnership, for the construction of a fire station in the Cielito Lindo Subdivision.  Said parcel of land being Lot 2, Block 3, Cielito Lindo Subdivision, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

31.      2004-R-004      Authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute an Interlocal Governmental Agreement pursuant to the Vernon’s Texas Government Code, Chapter 791, between the City of Laredo and the County of Webb, in which Webb County’s law enforcement agency, name Webb County’s Sheriff’s Department and the city’s law enforcement agency, name the Laredo Police Department, require the formation of a mutual aid law enforcement task force to mutually assist each other in the areas of traffic control, crowd control and general law enforcement both within and beyond the city limits during the “Menudo Bowl” scheduled for January 24, 2004.

 

32.      2004-R-005      Authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute an Interlocal Governmental Agreement pursuant to the Vernon’s Texas Government Code, Chapter 791, between the City of Laredo and the County of Webb, in which Webb County’s law enforcement agency, name Webb County’s Sheriff’s Department and the city’s law enforcement agency, name the Laredo Police Department, require the formation of a mutual aid law enforcement task force to mutually assist each other in the areas of traffic control, crowd control and general law enforcement both within and beyond the city limits during the various Washington’s Birthday Celebration festivities scheduled for January 31, 2004 to February 28, 2004.

 

33.      2004-R-006      Declaring the public necessity to utilize the area under IH 35, between Park Street and Sanchez Street as a parking staging area on January 31, 2004 for the Jamboozie Festival, February 18, 2004 for the Annual Youth Parade and February 21, 2004 for the Washington’s Birthday Parade and authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation for the use of said property.

 

34.      2004-R-008      Accepting the donation of a 12.8167 acre parcel of land from the Texas-Mexican Railway Company as legally described on the special warranty deed attached as Exhibit “A” and authorizing the donation of this parcel of open space land in the city for development as part of the Zacate Creek Linear Park.

 

35.      2004-R-009      Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application with the Office of Governor, Criminal Justice Division for $1,142,115.00 to fund the Laredo Narcotics Task Force.  The City of Laredo and participating agencies will designate 25% of the amount awarded.  This funding will be used to pay salaries, direct operating expenses and the purchase of equipment from June 1, 2004 through May 31, 2005.

 

36.      2004-R-010      Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement between the City of Laredo and South Texas National Bank of Laredo for funding the installation of a traffic signal on McPherson Road at Sterling Loop/Tiara Trail.

 

XI.       MOTIONS

 

37.      Consideration to reschedule the City Council meeting of Monday, February 16, 2004 to Tuesday, February 17, 2004, due to President’s Day holiday.

 

38.      Authorizing the City Manager to: (1) execute the City of Laredo’s Contract for 9-1-1 Services with the South Texas Development Council (STDC) and the Texas Commission on State Emergency Communications (CSEC) relating to establishing the City of Laredo as the administrator for the provision of all 9-1-1 emergency services for Laredo and for the counties of Jim Hogg, Starr, Webb, Zapata and cities within this area; (2) execute all necessary interlocal agreements with each county and city within the 9-1-1 area regarding the respective 9-1-1 system responsibilities of said entities; and (3) submit the revised FY 2004-2005, Stage Two 9-1-1 Regional Strategic Plan to the CSEC for approval.

 

39.      Authorization to advertise for bids for the construction of the Chacon Extension Wastewater Trunk Line Project from Highway 59 and the Chacon Creek to the Bob Bullock Loop east of the Laredo Entertainment Center.  The construction of the project is scheduled for 360 calendar days.  Funding is available in the 1998-A Bond Issue Chacon interceptor.

 

40.      Authorizing the City Manager to initiate termination of construction contract with Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Santa Rita Park Improvements Projects pursuant to paragraph C-9.08 of the construction contract documents and the Engineer’s Certificate stating that sufficient cause exists to justify termination of the construction contract, and to take actions as are permitted under the terms of the construction contract. 

 

41.      Authorizing the City Manager to initiate termination of construction contract with Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Eastwoods Park Project due to "Notice of Abandonment or Default of Contract" pursuant to paragraph C-9.08 of the construction contract documents and the Engineer's Certificate stating that sufficient cause exists to justify termination of the construction contract and take actions as are permitted under the terms of the construction contract.

 

42.      Consideration for approval of final change order no. 2 a decrease of $1,437.50, acceptance of the CDBG Sidewalks City-Wide Project No. 23 (29 Blocks) and approval of final payment in the amount of $13,445.71 to Triple A Concrete, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $107,007.07.  Funding is available in the School Sidewalks 28th Action Year/2002 Grant.

 

43.      Consideration to award a professional services contract to TEC Engineers & Consultants, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the amount not to exceed $21,000.00 for design and preparation of plans and specifications for the CDBG Sidewalks City-Wide Project No. 25 (30 Blocks).  Funding is available in the  Community Development Projects/Sidewalks.

 

44.      Consideration to award a professional services contract to Foster Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas, in the amount not to exceed $21,000.00 for design and preparation of plans and specifications for the CDBG Sidewalks City-Wide Project No. 26 (30 Blocks).  Funding is available in the Sidewalk 23rd Action Year /1997 Grant.  

 

45.      Consideration to award a professional services contract to Arcadis, Laredo, Texas, in the amount not to exceed $22,400.00 for design and preparation of plans and specifications for the CDBG Sidewalks City-Wide Project No. 27 (32 Blocks).  Funding is available in the Community Development Projects/Sidewalks.

 

46.      Consideration to award a professional services contract to Howland Surveying Company Laredo, Texas, in the amount not to exceed $21,000.00 for design and preparation of plans and specifications for the CDBG Sidewalks City-Wide Project No. 28 (30 Blocks).  Funding is available in the Sidewalk 23rd Action Year/1997 Grant and Sidewalk 26th Action Year/2000 Grant. 

 

47.      Consideration to amend the 29th Action Year 2003 Consolidated One Year Action Plan to reprogram a total of $50,000.00 from the 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.

 

48.      Authorizing the City Manager to (1) amend its 2002 Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) contract with the Laredo Homeless Coalition by reducing the amount of shelter operation funds by a total of $60,000.00 from $75,000.00 to $15,000.00 and (2) to enter into contract and award the $60,000.00 to Catholic Social Services, Inc., for shelter operations of La Frontera Halfway House.  These changes pertain to 2002 Emergency Shelter Grant Funds which are made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

 

49.      Consideration for approval of a consultant to perform asbestos material investigations for city owned commercial and residential structures for FY 2003-2004 and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the Improvements Other Than Buildings Account.

 

50.      Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant for the Chacon Creek Hike and Bike Trail Phase II and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund Chacon Creek Hike and Bike Trail.

 

51.      Authorizing the City Manager to sign an inter-local agreement with  the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) to collect quarterly Water Quality samples from Manadas Creek for the Clean River Program (CRP) for the period of September 1, 2003 through August 31, 2005.  IBWC is under contract with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and is responsible for collecting the water quality data from seventy-two monitoring stations along the Rio Grande River.  Under the agreement, the Environmental Services will collect eight (8) water quality samples and send to the IBWC contract lab, so there will be no cost for sample analysis except for the manpower to collect the samples. 

 

52.      Consideration to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder SCS Field Services, Long Beach, California, for the construction of a landfill gas collection system expansion at the City of Laredo Landfill in the bid amount of $95,314.60.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

53.      Motion to approve seventeen contracts payable from the Hotel/Motel Tax Fund.  These contracts are for fiscal year 2004 and total  $441,170.00.  The contracts are listed as follows:

 

Laredo Chamber of Commerce – Cola Blanca                    $  10,000.00

LULAC #7                                                                                 $    5,000.00 

LULAC #12                                                                               $    5,000.00

Society of Martha Washington                                                $    9,000.00

Washington’s Birthday Celebration Association                  $  19,000.00

Washington’s B-Day Celebration Museum                           $    9,000.00

Laredo Children’s Museum                                                     $  49,000.00

Webb County Heritage Foundation                                        $  49,000.00

Laredo Center for the Arts                                                       $130,360.00

Laredo Little Theater                                                                $  27,758.00

Latin American Sports Hall of Fame                                      $    4,000.00

L.C.C. Dance/Music Community Productions                      $  31,815.00

Laredo Philharmonic Chorale                                     $    2,340.00

Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra                                              $  37,897.00

T.A.M.I.U. Dance Productions                                     $    9,000.00

Border Olympics                                                                       $  25,000.00

Streets of Laredo Urban Mall                                                  $    9,000.00

Mexican Cultural Institute of Laredo                                       $    9,000.00

 

54.      Approving monthly adjustments to the tax roll. The amount to be adjusted for month of November and December 2003 represents an increase of $245,549.95.  These adjustments are determined by Webb County Appraisal District and/or by court orders.

 

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

a.      A refund in the amount of $508.14 payable to Ricardo Rodriguez, due to an overpayment by the mortgage company Account #938-80001-060.

b.      A refund in the amount of $709.64 payable to Michael Brock, due to a double payment by the mortgage company, Account #938-50001-140.

c.       A refund in the amount of $1,086.47 payable to Wells Fargo Real Est. Tax SVCS, LLC, due to an erroneous payment by the mortgage company.  Account #989-10002-180.

d.      A refund in the amount of $1,104.67 payable to Eduardo Diaz Realty, Inc., due to an overpayment by the taxpayer.  Account #972-90004-060.

e.      A refund in the amount of $956.09 payable to Falcon National Bank, due to an overpayment by the bank.  Account #933-00001-030.

f.         A refund in the amount of $ 618.33 payable to Falcon National Bank due to an overpayment by the bank.  Account #103-00120-100.

g.      A refund in the amount of $685.72 payable to Columbus Energy Corporation, due to a Webb County Appraisal change of value certified by the Appraisal Review Board for property that did not exist.  Account #801-03023-135.

h.       A refund in the amount of $578.90 payable to Robert Ray and Amy Isabel Marshall, due to a Webb County Appraisal District change of value certified by the Webb County Appraisal Review Board for split property.  Account #900-90221-214.

 

56.      Consideration to award contract number FY04-026, to the low bidder, JJJ Int’l Safety Equipment, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $24,601.35, for the purchase of thirty different types of traffic signs. These signs which will be used to replace damaged or faded signs. The bid pricing will be firm for one year.  Funding is available in the Traffic Safety budget. 

 

57.      Consideration to award contract number FY04-024 to the low bidder, Al & Rob Sales, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $54,582.55 for the purchase of uniforms for Bridge Department personnel.  The contract pricing is approximately 2% less than the previous contract amount.  The uniforms will be delivered thirty days after measurements have been completed.  Funding is available in the Bridge Fund.

 

58.      Consideration to ratify the emergency purchase of 42” wastewater pipe from Hobas Pipe USA, Inc. Houston, Texas, in the amount of $46,096.60.  This pipe will be used to repair the Zacate Wastewater Treatment influent raw wastewater line which sustained a major failure on October 13, 2003.  The City Manager has authorized the emergency purchase of this pipe to facilitate the necessary repairs.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department-Wastewater Construction Project budget.

 

59.      Ratify and approve action taken by the City Manager on December 5, 2003 to authorize an emergency contract to Grant Brothers, L.L.C. in the amount of $579,193.00 for the repair of the collapsed 42” raw wastewater line into the Zacate Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.

 

60.      Authorization of the selection of the firm Ferris and Flinn of Harlingen, Texas to update the Utilities Department’s Capital Improvements Program for calculation of the impact fees.  This project consist of updating the CIP, providing a hydraulic model of the water system, wastewater model and a master plan for both water and wastewater improvements.

 

61.      Consideration to award contract FY04-023 to the sole bidder, G.H. Construction, Inc., d/b/a G.H. Pools, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $49,558.00 for the rehabilitation of the Del Mar swimming pool.  The scope of work includes removing and installing new borders, coping, wall steps, lane anchors, and depth markers along with the replastering of the entire pool.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Project budget.

 

62.      Consideration to award of supply contract number FY04-027 to the following low bidders:  Libcon Inc. d/b/a Leyendecker Materials, Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $1,102,500.00, for the purchase of asphalt, black base, flexible base, sand, and gravel; City Ready Mix, Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $184,000.00, for the purchase of ready mix cement; Martin Marietta, Corpus Christi, Texas in the estimated amount of $118,250.00 for the purchase of Type A Flexible Base; Marlin Asphalt, Corpus Christi, Texas in the estimated amount of $13,811.50 and GSAC, Houston, Texas in the estimated amount of $4,200.00 for the purchase of asphalt oils.   These will be the primary vendors for the purchase of materials required for all city paving and construction projects.  The contract pricing for asphalt is approximately 0.5% higher than the previous contract price.  Funding is available in the Engineering Department - Public Works Division budget and construction project budgets.

 

63.      Consideration to award contract number FY04-034 to the low bidder, RM Personnel, Inc., Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $64,220.00 for providing contract employees for the Police Department and lots must be drawn, pursuant to provisions of Section 271.901 of the Local Government Code, to determine the low bidder for the contract employees requested by the Traffic Safety and Convention and Visitors Bureau Departments for an estimated contract amount of $26,160.40.  RM Personnel and Staff Force bid the same hourly rate for these two departments.  Temporary contract employees have been requested for office and custodial positions.  Funding is available in the respective departmental budgets.

 

64.      Consideration to award contract number FY04-028 to the sole bidder, Consolidated Traffic Controls, Inc., Arlington, Texas, in the amount of $36,245.00 for the purchase of microwave radios and pager programmable time switches.  The microwave radios will be used for ongoing traffic signal upgrades, for replacements at damaged traffic signal locations and for new  traffic signal installations.  The equipment provides the necessary communication from the remote site(s) and the central computer located at the Traffic Safety Department Office.  The pager programmable system allows for remote programming and activation of school flashing beacons throughout the city.  Funding is available in the Traffic Safety Department Capital Improvement Project budget.

 

65.      Consideration for approval of change order no. 4 to the construction contract with Brothers Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the San Francisco Xavier Road Street Improvements Project to add ninety (90) working days to the construction contract time to address erosion problems.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund San Francisco Xavier Road Project.     

 

66.      Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Matrix Security Systems, Inc., Dayton, Ohio, for the Laredo International Airport Security Related Improvements (Design/Build) Project and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract. Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund - FAA Grant #34.

 

67.      Consideration for approval of acceptance of the Laredo Entertainment Center construction project. A one-year warranty walk-through inspection was held on November 13, 2003.  “Punch-list” items, ADA/TAS (American with Disabilities Act/Texas Accessibility Standards) items, as well as outstanding warranty items were reviewed and discussed.  Punch-list items in existence as of the date of substantial completion are completed with the exception of one ADA/TAS item. This item is the power door operators for the housekeeping and Zamboni rooms.

 

68.      Consideration to award contract FY04-030, to the low bidder, A Clean Portoco, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $25,000.00 for providing portable restrooms for City parks, City sponsored events, and construction job sites.  All services will be secured on an as needed basis.  Contract pricing has been secured for daily, weekend, and monthly service.  The bid pricing is the same as last year.  Funding is available in the Public Works-Street Reconstruction and Parks and Recreation Departments budgets.

 

69.      Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application and execute all required documents resulting from this submission to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for the Individualized Marketing Demonstration proposal.  The FTA is undertaking a research demonstration program aimed at increasing public transit ridership with a minimal need for capital investments and has proven successful in Portland, Oregon.  Laredo will be competing with transit agencies throughout the U.S.  Only four communities will be selected for the pilot marketing program.

 

70.      Consideration to authorize the City Manager to execute a contract with Petroleum Solutions of San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $114,185.62 for the design/construction of an aboveground storage tank fueling station at the City of Laredo Solid Waste Facility on Highway 359.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

XII.      STAFF REPORTS

 

71.       

 

A.     Presentation by US Army Corps of Engineers regarding the creation of the Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) for the Former Laredo Air Force Base.  The RAB is a forum of discussion and exchange of information about an installation's Restoration/Base Realignment and Closure (IR/BRAC) or Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS).

 

B.     Staff report on park projects for District II, District V, and District VII, and District VIII, with possible action.

 

C.    Status report on the Calle Iturbide Project.

 

D.    Presentation by Roberto Murillo, Traffic Safety Director, regarding implementation of a recommended plan of action for the taxicab industry that is consistent with some of the findings and recommendations identified in a recently conducted City of Laredo Taxicab Industry Study, 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.

 

72.      Executive Session pursuant to Section 551.071 of the Government Code to discuss with City Attorney the pending case of Martin Villarreal et al. v. City of Laredo, et al. Cause No. L-03-11 in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, Laredo Division, and return to open session for possible action thereon.

 

73.      Request for executive session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072 in order to deliberate on the possible purchase, lease, or value of the Camino Colombia Toll Road, because deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the City Council in negotiations with third persons; and return to open session for possible action.

 

XIV.     RECESS AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING CORPORATION

 

74.      Consideration to award contract FY04-034 to the low bidder, RM Personnel, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $25,000.00 for providing contract employees for the Noise Abatement Program.  Three contract employees will be required to work on an as needed basis, as a groundskeeper, maintenance worker, and clerk.  Funding is available in the  Noise Abatement Lease Program budget administered by the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation.

 

XV.      ADJOURN AS THE LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING CORPORATION AND             CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

 

75.      Authorizing the City Manager to waive the parking fee for persons attending the Jamboozie Festival and implementing a flat fee charge of $200.00 to the Streets of Laredo Urban Mall Association for personnel costs, overtime and extra security for traffic and crowd control for the use of the parking facility at 9:00 p.m. on January 31, 2004 to 2:00 a.m. on February 1, 2004.

 

76.      Authorizing the City Manager to adjust the number of weekly service hours from ninety-seven (97) to forty-two (42) on route 21 South Laredo TAMIU, effective January 19, 2004, by transferring 55 service hours to the following two routes due to higher ridership.  The transfer of forty-two (42) out of the fifty-five (55) service hours shall be added to route 14 Santa Rita upon the opening of the LCC South Campus, therefore increasing the number of weekly service hours from 93 to 135.  The remaining thirteen (13) transferred service hours shall be added to route 16 TAMIU effective January 19, 2004, therefore increasing the number of weekly service hours from 91 to 104.

 

77.      Consideration to award contracts for providing group health insurance coverage, for a period of twelve months, to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas in the estimated annual amount of $1,042,748.00; life insurance with accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D), for a period of three years, in the estimated annual amount of $14,889.00 to Mutual of Omaha; and short term disability insurance, for a period of two years, in the estimated annual amount of $71,440.00 to Mutual of Omaha.  The insurance agent for these policies will be Laurel Insurance Agency & Associates, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  An evaluation of the numerous proposals was undertaken by staff, an independent consultant and an El Metro employee insurance committee.  The collective agreement between the transit union and Laredo Transit Management Inc. requires the system to pay 100% of the employee cost and 50% of the dependent cost for the group health insurance plan and 100% of the cost for the life insurance and short term disability for eligible employees.  The cost for the health insurance will be same as the previous twelve month period, but the group life and short term disability insurance annual cost to the transit system will be $41,451.00 less.  Funding is available in the Transit budget.   

 

XVI.     ADJOURN 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 January 7, 2004 at 7:30 p.m.

                                                                       

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary