CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2004-R-04

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

MARCH 1, 2004

5:30 P.M.

 

DISABILITY ACCESS STATEMENT

Persons with disabilities who plan to attend this meeting and who may need auxiliary aid or services are requested to contact Gustavo Guevara, City Secretary at (956) 791-7308 at least two working days prior to the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made.  The accessible entrance and accessible parking spaces are located at City Hall, 1100 Victoria Ave.

 

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 I.         CALL TO ORDER

 

II.         PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

III.        ROLL CALL

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

a.      Invitation by Our Lady of Guadalupe Church to the “Street Fiesta” Centennial Celebration at the Guadalupe School grounds on Saturday, March 20, 2004 from 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

 

Recognitions

 

a.      Recognition of the new Laredo Law AFL2 Football Team.

 

b.      Recognition by the Mayor and City Council Members of employees that retired from the City of Laredo with 20 or more years of service.

 

Communiqués

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

              

VII.             PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance of the City of Laredo, Texas finding after reasonable notice and hearing, that AEP Texas Central Company’s electric transmission and distribution rates and charges within the city should be changed; determining just and reasonable rates; adjusting street lighting charges; adopting recommendations of consultants, providing recovery of rate case expenses; preserving regulatory rights of the city; and providing for repeal of conflicting ordinance. 

 

2.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance adopting a budget for FY 2003-2004 for the South Texas Regional 911 System Fund.  The proposed budget consists of $1,015,921.00 in revenues from the Commission on State Emergency Communications and $1,015,921.00 in expenditures for the following counties:  Webb (City of Laredo) County, Jim Hogg County, Starr County, Zapata County and Regional System. 

 

3.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 Full Time Equivalent Positions by reclassifying three (3) Fire Fighter Positions to three (3) Fire Captain Positions for the Fire Suppression Division, EMS and the Fire Prevention Division of the Fire Department.  Funding is available in the General Fund Reserve Appropriation in the amount of $27,651.00.

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

VIII.     INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

4.             Approving an amendment to Ordinance No. 2003-O-247 dated October 6, 2003, hereby deleting the public sale of Tract B to Dr. Ricardo G. Cigarroa, L.P.; providing for an effective date.  

 

5.             Closing as a public easement that section of Mier Street between McDonnell and Monterrey Avenues situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas; and providing for effective date.

 

6.             Closing as a public easement that section of the 2200 block of Lincoln Street between the west right-of-way line of Eagle Pass Avenue and the Laredo Community College property situated in the Western Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, and providing for an effective date.

 

7.             Abandoning two utility easements located in Lot 74 and in the westerly 39.94 feet of Lot 73, Block 5 Regency Park Subdivision, Unit 1, Section 1, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, as shown in Exhibit “A”; and providing for effective date. 

 

8.             Amending Chapter 19, Section 541 to 544, titled “Transit Committee,” Motor Vehicles and Traffic,” Article XII, Division I “Transit System,” of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo, thereby clarifying the appointment and role of the City Council members serving on the Transit Committee; providing for severability; and effective date.

 

9.             Designating as a one-way northbound the 700 and 800 block of Bartlett Avenue, between Market Street and Guatemozin Street and as a one-way southbound the 700 and 800 block of Malinche Avenue, between Market Street and Guatemozin Street, providing for the installation of appropriate signs to indicate one-way traffic in the designated directions and providing for publication and effective date.

 

IX.       FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

10.          

2004-O-040             Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 34.28 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A” located east of Highway 83 and north of La Pita-Mangana Road, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2004-O-041             Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 20.82 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A”, located west of Highway 83, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  (As Amended)

 

2004-O-042             Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 148.66 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A” located south of Concord Hills Boulevard from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2004-O-043             Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 1.26 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A” located east of Country Club Drive and south of Del Mar Boulevard, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2004-O-044             Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 0.56 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A” located east of Country Club Drive and south of Del Mar Boulevard from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2004-O-045             Amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $2,500.00 from the University of Texas Health Science Center-Health Education Training Centers Alliance of Texas to conduct the tenth annual “Los dos Laredos” TB Conference by the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning October 1, 2003 through September 30, 2004.

 

2004-O-046             Amending the FY 2003-2004 budget by appropriating the amount of $58,122.00 in unexpended program income from the FY 2002-2003 budget fund balance for the Maternal and Child Health Program grant of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period of September 1, 2003 through August 31, 2004. 

 

2004-O-047             Amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by appropriating   revenues and expenditures in the amount $69,464.00 in additional funds for a grand total of $138,928.00 from the Texas Department of Health for La Familia Health Care Program of the City of Laredo Health Department, and extending the grant period from September 1, 2003, through February 29, 2004, to September 1, 2003, through August 31, 2004. 

 

2004-O-048             Amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by appropriating   revenues and expenditures in the amount $87,800.00 from the South Texas Development Council for the HIV/AIDS Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Project (HOPWA) of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning February 1, 2004, through January 31, 2005.  

 

2004-O-049             Amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by decreasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $8,230.00 to reflect a reduction of grant funds from the Texas Department of Health for a new grant total of $41,770.00 for the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Project - Case Management of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning July 1, 2003 through June 30, 2004; and amending the City of Laredo full-time equivalent positions by decreasing one Case Manager/Registered Nurse II position.

 

2004-O-050             Amending Ordinance 2002-O-047 adding voting Precincts 254 and 353 to District IV; adding voting Precinct 452 to District VIII; adding voting Precincts 255 and 451 to District V; redefining boundary lines for Precincts 218 and 313 in District IV, redefining boundary lines for Precincts 239 and 308 in District V; and redefining boundary lines for Precinct 414 in District VIII; providing for publication and effective date.

 

2004-O-051             Authorizing the City Manager to convey to the Laredo Independent School District for the consideration of $18,500.00 for a tract of land being the section of Canada Avenue between Palo Blanco Street and Thurman Street, with reservation of the tract utility easement; and providing for an effective date. 

 

X.        RESOLUTIONS

 

11.         2004-R-021      Authorizing the City Manager to execute two documents entitled lien holders’ subordination to right-of-ways and utility easements the purpose of which is to subordinate the listed tax judgment liens from those parts of the lots to which the tax judgments pertain, which parts have been acquired by Webb County for right-of-ways in specified colonias for street improvements.

 

12.         2004-R-022      Accepting the donation of one utility easement from Armando Rodriguez and wife, Maria del Socorro Rodriguez, for the D-5 acres subdivision easement acquisition project. This being a strip of land 15 feet in width, containing 3,218.21 square feet or 0.074 of an acre, more or less, and being situated in Porcion 33, Abstract 3084, D-5 acres subdivision, and described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B. 


 

XI.       MOTIONS

 

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

a.      A refund in the amount of $1,908.59 payable to Falcon National Bank due to an erroneous payment.  Account # 972-30003-100.

b.      A refund in the amount of $880.94 payable to Lereta Corp. due to a double payment.   Account # 970-50002-080.

c.      A refund in the amount of $1,321.21 payable to Kevin A. Richardson due to a double payment.  Account # 900-90371-061.

d.      A refund in the amount of $582.07 payable to South Texas Title & Abstract due a double payment.  Account # 941-00005-080.

e.      A refund in the amount of $924.20 payable to Neel Title Corp. due to a double payment.  Account # 663-01956-120.

f.        A refund in the amount of $1,625.19 payable to First American Real Estate Tax Service due a double payment.  Account # 989-20001-040.

g.      A refund in the amount of $807.61 payable to B.P. Newman Investments Co. due to an over-payment.  Account # 812-07000-416.

h.      A refund in the amount of $1,268.63 payable to Wells Fargo Real Estate Tax Services due to an erroneous payment.   Account # 989-20001-030.

i.        A refund in the amount of $1,101.94 payable to Nora S. Sanders due to a double payment.  Account # 900-90281-172.

 

14.         Consideration for approval of amendment no. 4 an increase of $135,745.00 to the architectural/engineering contract with Frank Architects, Inc., Laredo, Texas for the Gateway to the Americas (Bridge I) Access, Export Lot and Parking Lot modifications for proposed revisions to construction drawings that came about during the process of bidding the project and requested by the International Boundary & Water Commission (IBWC) (Mexican section).  Funding is available in the Revenue Bond Series 2002-Purchase Professional Services.

 

15.         Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 5 of $23,963.18 to the construction contract with Leyendecker Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Inner City Park located on Locust and Plum Streets and McDonnel Avenue for additional construction items including maintenance items and increasing the safety of the building structures.  Funding is available in the 2000-A CO Bond Issue.

 

16.         Consideration for approval of the release of a partial retainage $95,000.00 from the current retainage amount of $126,636.41 from the construction contract with Leyendecker Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Inner City Park.  An Amount of $31,636.41 is being retained for completion of pending items.  Funding is available in the 2000-A CO Bond Issue. 

 

17.         Consideration to authorize the purchase of one GMC cab and chassis with an oil distributor body for the Public Works Division through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC)-Cooperative Purchasing Program, in the total amount of $99,011.00.  This equipment will be purchased from Rush Star Truck Center.  This vehicle will be delivered within one hundred twenty days and will be used for street paving and street repair projects.  Funding is available in the 2003 Contractual Obligation PPFCO bond proceeds.

 

18.         Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 5 a decrease of $1,625.00 for contingency funds allotted in Change Order No. 4 for funds not used, acceptance of the San Francisco Xavier Road Improvements Project and approval of final payment in the amount of $31,786.65 to Brothers Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $635,733.02.  Funding is available in the Community Development-San Francisco Xavier Road-Improvements Capital Improvement Fund-San Francisco Xavier Improvements and Retainage Payable.

 

19.         Consideration for approval of acceptance of the fire sprinkler system for the Colombia Solidarity Bridge Toll Plaza Facility and approval of final payment in the amount of $10,684.12 to Universal Sprinkler Corporation, Houston, Texas.  Final contract amount is $50,206.00.  Funding is available in the Bridge System Toll Plaza Improvements.

 

20.         Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Quality Water Products Irrigation Division, San Antonio, Texas, and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract for the Father McNaboe Irrigation Project to be located at the developed soccer, baseball and open play area at the lower level of the park.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund-Father McNaboe Park Improvements. 

 

21.         Consideration to award contract FY04-051 to the low bidders, Philpott Motors, Port Neches, Texas, in the amount of $18,725.00 for the purchase of one truck for the Utilities Department and Access Chevrolet, Robstown, Texas, in the amount of $14,750.00 for the purchase of one cargo van for the Public Access Channel Division.  Delivery of these vehicles is expected within ninety days.  Funding is available in the respective departmental budgets.

 

22.         Consideration to exercise the renewal option for one additional year for contract FY03-041 for the purchase of dealer repairs parts for the vehicle fleet awarded to:  Sames Motor Company, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $70,000.00; Paul Young, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $25,000.00; and North Park Lincoln, San Antonio, Texas in the estimated amount of $20,000.00.  All parts will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance budget.

 

23.         Consideration to authorize the purchase and installation of a little league baseball sports lighting system from Musco Lighting System through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (Buy Board) contract pricing in the total amount of $72,950.00.  Utilizing the Buy Board contract pricing, this sports lighting system will be installed at the South Laredo Park (Mario Tijerina Park).  Funding is available in the 29th Action Year-2003 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

 

24.         Consideration to award a construction contract to the low bidder, Larecon, L.L.C, Laredo, Texas, in the base bid amount of $79,465.90 for the South Laredo Park (Phase II).  Funding is available in the Community Development 28th Action Year/2002 Grant. 

 

25.         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 reducing the amount of funding for the San Salvador Neighborhood Park Project, from $300,000.00 to $250,000.00, and creating a new activity known as the Garcia Vela Little League Field Lighting Project totaling $50,000.00.

 

26.         Consideration to exercise the renewal contract option for one additional year for the following annual contracts for repair parts and service for the heavy equipment fleet, sweepers:  Holt Co. of Texas, Laredo, Texas, (FY02-008) in the estimated amount of $125,000.00; RDO Equipment Co., Laredo, Texas (FY02-008) in the estimated amount of $25,000.00; and Kinlock Equipment and Supply Inc., Pasadena, Texas, (FY02-018) in the estimated amount of $40,000.00.  All parts will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance budget. 

 

27.         Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Olympia Landscape Irrigation & Lawn Service, Laredo, Texas, for the Zacate Creek Irrigation Project located from Saunders to Lyon Street and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.

 

XII.      STAFF REPORTS

           

28.          

A.                 Presentation by Mr. Thomas Lucek, El Metro General Manager, regarding the Transit’s new fare box system.

 

B.                 Presentation on the “Viva Laredo” campaign and the Sister Cities Festival by Mr. Nick Reyna, Convention and Visitors Bureau Director.

 

C.                Staff report regarding “t-shirt” bags and other trash within the city limits.

 

D.                Staff report regarding the creation of a speed watch program.

 

E.                 Status report to include a timeline on the three (3) new Police Substations.   

 

XIII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

29.          

A.        Request by Council Member Hector J. Garcia

1.      Status report on the sidewalks on Lane Street across from Lamar Middle School.

           

B.        Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore John Galo

1.      Authorizing the use of discretionary funds from District III in the amount of $6,000.00 for the purchase of a new scoreboard for the Garcia-Vela Field.

 

C.        Request by Council Member Eliseo Valdez

1.      Timeline on scheduled improvements on the Ryan Bridge Enhancement Grant Project and report on new improvements on Eistetter Park.

2.      Status report on the traffic situation on Yeary between Calton and Hillside.

 

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

1.      Requesting that staff coordinate a clean-up campaign on the fringes of the pond in Indian Sunset Subdivision and further requesting that staff implement a natural filtering process for the adjoining water tributaries.

 

E.        Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

1.      Discussion with possible action regarding the intersection of Eagle Pass and Hidalgo Street.

2.      Status report on the Water Park, with possible action.

3.      Status report on the Santa Ursula entrance to the River Drive Mall.

4.      Report by Thomas Lucek, General Manager, regarding over time and overall financial status.

 

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.

 

30.         Executive session pursuant to Section 551.071 of the Government Code to discuss with the City Attorney the pending case of Southwestern Bell Telephone Company v. City of Laredo, Cause No. 2002-CVQ-001498-D2 in the 111th District Court, Webb County, Texas; and return to open session for possible action thereon.

 

31.         Executive Session pursuant to Section 551.071 (1) (B) of the Government Code to discuss with the City Attorney the case of the City of Laredo v. Beatriz Canales, Cause No. 2003-EDA-000002-C1 in the County Court at Law No. 1, Webb County, Texas; and return to open session for possible action thereon.

 

32.         Request for executive session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071(a)(1)& (2) for consultation with the City Attorney regarding pending or contemplated litigation and possible settlement offer, in the matter of Dr. Ricardo G. Cigarroa, L.P. and return to open session for possible action.

 

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

 

33.         Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the FAR Part 150 Airport Noise Abatement Compatibility Program Fund budget for the FY 2003-2004 by appropriating $400,000.00 from the beginning fund balance of $63,981.00 for demolition costs, for those properties that are not feasible for renovation and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.

 

XVI.     RECESS AS THE LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING CORPORATION 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 February 25, 2004 at 6:00 p.m.

                                                                       

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary