CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2004-R-05

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

MARCH 29, 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 February 17, 2004, March 1, 2004 and March 8, 2004.

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

a.      Recognition of Doroteo Vasquez of the Parks and Recreation Department on his selection as February 2004 Employee of the Month.

 

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 rezoning Lot 5, Block 563, Eastern Division, located at 918 Willow Street, from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential 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 the west 46.30 feet of Lot 8, Block 1536, Eastern Division, located at 2602 Ash Street, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change.

 

3.               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 general automotive repair on Lots 19 and 20, Block 30, Vista Hermosa, Unit II, located approximately at the 5400 block of McPherson Road, providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed Conditional Use Permit.

 

4.               Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 21.88 acres, as further described by metes and bounds on attached Exhibit “A,” located east of Havanna Drive, from AG (Agricultural 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.

 

5.               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 used car lot on Lot 4, Block 236, Western Division, located at 1309 San Dario Avenue; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed Conditional Use Permit.

 

6.               Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Laredo Land Development Code, Sections 24.63.2, 24.65.14 and Appendix A, by allowing, regulating and defining nationalization “nacionalizacion” of vehicle enterprises in certain zoning districts; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed ordinance amendment.

 

7.               Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing Batista Roman Enterprises, Inc., a non-exclusive franchise, to construct, maintain and operate a commercial container refuse gathering and disposing service in the city of Laredo, Texas, and providing the terms, conditions, obligations, and limitations upon and under which such franchise shall be exercised; providing indemnity to the city; city retains authority to regulate rates except for rate increases resulting from increased landfill fees which are passed on to the customer; providing for increased service rates; providing for franchise payments; and providing for severability.

 

8.               Public hearing and introductory ordinance accepting a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) which has awarded a $27,350.00 grant with the City of Laredo designating $11,722.00 in matching funds for a total of $39,072.00 and amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget from General Fund by appropriating the said grant revenue to the appropriate expenditure accounts.  The grant monies will be used to implement rapid intervention team kits (rit kits) along with the purchase of the two (2) thermal imagers.  Matching funds are available in General Fund.

 

9.               Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 full-time equivalent positions by increasing one (1) part-time Health Educator position on a total of  .48 FTE without benefits to .50 FTE with benefits in the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning November 1, 2003 through June 30, 2004.  Funding is available in Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program Grant.

 

10.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo’s FY 2003-2004 full-time equivalent positions by converting three (3) part-time with no benefits (1.44 FTE) Community Service Aide positions at 19.21 hours each per week to one (1) full-time position with benefits Community Service Aide position in the HIV Prevention Project of the City of Laredo Health Department, funded by the Texas Department of Health to provide continuous support services to the HIV Program clients and to maintain effective preventive services.  Funding is available in the HIV Prevention Project Grant.

 

11.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo’s FY 2003-2004 full-time equivalent positions by converting one (1) part-time with no benefits (.48 FTE) Community Service Aide position at 19.21 hours each per week to one (1) full-time with benefits Community Service Aide position for HIV-Infected Persons Project (PSHIP) of the City of Laredo Health Department to provide continuous support services and to maintain effective client prevention services.  Funding is available in the HIV-Infected Persons Project (PSHIP) Grant.

 

12.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by increasing revenues and expenditures by $10,000.00 which represents a contribution from Mercy Health Plans for children’s health insurance outreach activities of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning May 1, 2004, through September 30, 2004.

 

13.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by decreasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $33,644.00 to reflect the actual grant amount of  $332,590.00 from the South Texas Development Council for the HIV/AIDS Ryan White Title II Services Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period of April 1, 2004, through March 31, 2005.  

 

14.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the amount of $10,000.00 and amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 General Fund by 10,000.00.  The purpose of the agreement is to reimburse the cost of overtime and fringe benefits incurred by the Laredo Police Department in providing resources to OCDETF (Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces).  The term of this agreement is from October 1, 2003 through September 30, 2004.

 

15.           Public Hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 14 (Garbage, Trash & Refuse) of the Code of Ordinances, specifically to update the ordinance to address the Solid Waste Director, add and refine definitions and services, change the Landfill City Vehicle Rate Fee to $1.25, add a commercial exemption administrative fee of $2.50, to add a credit account late fee of $100.00 and revise franchise requirements; providing for publication and effective date. 

 

16.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 Solid Waste Fund Budget by appropriating a draw down of $241,751.00 from the opening balance and appropriating it for equipment acquisition.  The project consists of one (1), five wheel loader for landfill operations. The bid price includes provisions for a five-year maintenance contract and guaranteed repurchase price. 

 

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VIII.     INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

17.           Authorizing the City Manager to convey on behalf of the City of Laredo, as Trustee, Lots 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7, Block 261, Eastern Division, to Laredo Independent School District; such conveyance being for the consideration of $182,000.00 of which the net proceeds shall be disbursed to the creditor taxing entities in the proportion each entity holds of the Tax Judgment; and providing for effective date.

 

18.           Authorizing City Manager to (1) convey Benavides Street between Davis and Main Avenues and (2) to convey Garcia Street between San Dario and San Eduardo Avenues, subject to retention of easements for existing utilities on said street sections and (3) to sign a Licensing Agreement whereby LISD may use indefinitely a 20' wide section of Davis Avenue of 0.0291 acres adjacent to Blocks 255 and 274, Western Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas, as a parking adjunct to MacDonnell School.

 

19.           Authorizing the City Manager to convey to Laredo Independent School District, for the consideration of  $19,300.00, a tract of land being the section of Plum Street between Logan and Tilden Avenues, with reservation of the tract as a drainage and utility easement; and providing for effective date. 

 

20.           Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Foreign-Trade Zone Operations Agreement between the City of Laredo, as Zone Grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone No. 94, and Transmaritime, Inc., as Zone Site Operator, for approximately one (1) acre of activated space located at 22219 Mines Road, Foreign-Trade Zone Site 8 for three (3) years commencing on March 1, 2004 and ending on February 28, 2007.  Said agreement provides that activation, administration and transaction fees be paid to the City; providing for an effective date.

 

21.           Closing as a public easement a 231.45 sq. ft. (5’ x 46.29’) parcel of land, more or less, out of the 1300 block of Green Street between Stone and Loring Avenues, said parcel of land is being encroached upon by the improvements of the abutting property being Lot 9, Block 714, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, described in attached “Exhibit A” and authorizing the sale of the “Surface Only” of said parcel of land at the market value of $556.00 and authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey fee simple title to Patricia Hernandez and providing for an effective date.

 

22.           Setting the maximum speed limit on that portion of FM 1472 within the city limits of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, from 50 mph to 45 mph from milepoint 14.2 to milepoint 13.9 and as from 55 mph to 45 mph from milepoint 13.9 to 13.8 as defined in the Texas Department of Transportation control section map 2150-04-040, to be in effect during construction providing for installation of appropriate signs to indicate speed changes in the designated areas and providing for publication and effective date.

 

IX.       FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

23.            

 

2004-O-054                       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. 

 

2004-O-055                       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.

 

2004-O-056                       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.

 

2004-O-057                       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.

 

2004-O-058                       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. 

 

2004-O-059                       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.

 

2004-O-060                       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.

 

2004-O-061                       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 $623,981.00 for demolition costs, for those properties that are not feasible for renovation and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.

 

X.        RESOLUTIONS

 

24.           2004-R-024    Accepting the donation of a 0.003 of an acre (123.984 sq. ft.) parcel of land, as a permanent easement, from the Ike Alexander Estate, for the Iturbide Street Urban Mall Project.  Said parcel of land being out of Lot 10, Block 35, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.

 

25.           2004-R-025    Accepting the donation of a Drainage Easement from Alexander Residential Development, L. P., a Texas Limited Partnership. Said Drainage Easement consisting of two tracts, located in the DJ Alexander Subdivision being:

 

Tract I – a 151.00-foot-wide strip of land containing 41,817 square feet or 0.96 acres of land, more or less, out of Porcion 25, Abstract 50, and partly out of Porcion 26, Abstract 282, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; as described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B; and

Tract II – a 156.00-foot-wide strip of land containing 69,553 square feet or 1.60 acres of land, more or less, out of Porcion 25, Abstract 50, and partly out of Porcion 26, Abstract 282, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; as described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits C and D.  

 

26.           2004-R-026    Accepting the donation of one utility easement from Leopoldo Rodriguez and wife, Yolanda Rodriguez, for the D-5 Acres Subdivision Easement Acquisition Project. This being a strip of land 15 feet in width, containing 3,142.44 square feet or 0.072 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.

 

27.           2004-R-027    Authorizing the City Manager to apply for a grant in the amount of $637,267.00 to fund the Laredo Financial Disruption Task Force and a grant in the amount of $99,916.00 to fund the Laredo Multi-Agency Drug Related Public Corruption Task Force.  Both grants are funded by the Executive Office of the President, Office of the National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) at no cost to the City.  Funding will be used to pay benefits, overtime, travel and operating expenses from January 1, 2005 through December 31, 2005.            

 

28.           2004-R-028    Authorizing the surplus proceeds from the City of Laredo Public Property Finance Contractual Obligation (PPFCO), Series 2002A, in the amount of $24,438.00 for the purchase of a Graco Lazer III 5900 airless walk behind striper, Pro-35 II Diesel asphalt/concrete cutter BM 250 bituminous applicator and a line remover for the Traffic Safety Department’s traffic pavement markings and signals installation projects.

 

29.           2004-R-029    Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Interlocal Agreement between the County of Zapata and the City of Laredo for the collection of landfill fees for the disposal of garbage at the City’s landfill site by the County of Zapata.

 

30.           2004-R-030    Authorizing the City Manager to submit two grant applications to the Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program and to accept Grant Project No. 3-48-0136-41-04 in the estimated amount of $6,000,000.00 for the purpose of implementation of airport noise abatement program and acquisition of a tract of land located within the Runway Protection Zone and accepting a second Grant Project No. 3-48-0136-42-04 in the estimated amount of $4,276,134.00 for the purpose of installing an Engineered Materials Arresting System (EMAS) at end of Runway 35L, rehabilitating a portion of the taxiway system and constructing cargo pads at the Laredo International Airport. The City’s five (5%) percent local match for this project in the amount of $540,850.00 is available from the Airport Fund Balance/Land Sale Proceeds.

 

31.           2004-R-031    A resolution of the City of Laredo, Texas, opposing any school finance or tax system reforms that would negatively affect city revenues and economic development efforts.

 

32.           2004-R-032    Resolution expressing the City of Laredo, USA, to the citizens of Madrid, Spain and the people of Spain for the tragedy of the terrorist attacks of March 11, 2004, and directing the City Secretary to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the King of Spain and the Mayor of our Sister City of Laredo, Cantabaria, Spain.

 

33.           2004-R-033    A resolution of the City of Laredo to develop and implement a 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness throughout the community by providing access to permanent and transitional housing and the needed support services.

 

XI.       MOTIONS

 

34.           Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Interlocal Agreement between the City of Laredo and the County of Webb in the amount of $36,026.00 for the provision of addressing for all unincorporated areas in Webb County and addressing maintenance for all of Webb County, including the incorporated area of the city of Laredo, for the period ending August 31, 2004.

 

35.           Approval to appoint Dr. Maurice Click to continue to serve as the Health Department’s Health Authority under Section 121.033 of the Texas Health and Safety Code, for the period of April 1, 2004, through March 31, 2006, and authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract with Dr. Click for professional services in the amount not to exceed $12,720.00 per year.  Funding is available in the Office of Public Health Practice Grant.

 

36.           Consideration to approve a contract with Washington’s Birthday Celebration Museum of Laredo, Texas, to oversee the day to day operations of the museum located at 900 Zaragoza Street, Suite 100, which is filled with costumes and other paraphernalia commemorating and promoting Laredo’s oldest and largest celebration.  The City of Laredo Convention & Visitors Bureau will also operate the venue as an information center and will hire 1.5 personnel for daily management.

 

37.           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 $15,000.00 from $60,000.00 to $45,000.00 and (2) to enter into contract and award the $15,000.00 to Casa de Misericordia for shelter operations.  These changes pertain to 2002 Emergency Shelter Grant Funds, which are made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

 

38.           Authorizing the City Manager to execute a six-month Extension Agreement and allocating an additional $109,554.00 to the originally approved budget in the amount of $215,762.00, of a Professional Services Contract entered into with W. D. Schock Company, Inc., for the provision of residential sound reduction services, as part of the City of Laredo International Airport Noise Compatibility Program.  Said contract includes other services yet to be determined such as legal work, title and air space easements, recording, and environmental testing.  These items will be done by subcontractors that will be screened by W. D. Schock Company, Inc.  Funding is available in the Noise Abatement Fund.

 

39.           Consideration to award contract FY04-059 to the low bidder, Cere Environmental, Brooklyn Park, MN, in the estimated annual amount of $36,880.00 for the grinding of wood waste material (brush, branches, pallets, etc.) at the City Landfill.  Approximately 15,000 cubic yards of material are available for disposal.  The contract is based on a unit cost of $1.39 cubic yard of material, which is 2% less than the previous contract amount.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

40.           Approving monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amount to be adjusted for the month of February 2004, represents an increase of $82,563.87.  These adjustments are determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

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

a.        A refund in the amount of $2,052.28 payable to Guaranty Residential Lending due to a double payment.  Account # 968-81001-020.

b.        A refund in the amount of $737.57 payable to Chase Mortgage due to a double payment.   Account # 909-00481-042.

c.         A refund in the amount of $1,010.64 payable to Border Title Group due to double payment.  Account # 909-40002-050.

d.        A refund in the amount of $3,078.78 payable to Holt Company of Texas due to a double payment.  Account # 804-30098-001.

e.        A refund in the amount of $3,921.81 payable to Ayoub Investments-Texas due to a clerical error certified by the Webb County Appraisal Review Board.  Order # 03-6255 of Supplement # 1.  Account # 977-30003-140.

f.           A refund in the amount of $634.86 payable to Juan A. Esparza due to a double payment.  Account # 936-00009-140.

g.        A refund in the amount of $524.90 payable to The Laredo National Bank due to an erroneous payment.  Account # 968-80003-060.

h.         A refund in the amount of $1,000.02 payable to Jose Vasquez Ancira and Luis F. Vasquez Diaz due to an over payment   Account # 977-30001-050.

i.           A refund in the amount of $945.05 payable to Aurora Loan Services, Inc. due to a double payment.  Account # 990-20014-050.

j.           A refund in the amount of $569.99 payable to Araceli Gallo due to an erroneous payment.  Account # 811-18000-186.

k.         A refund in the amount of $8,274.01 payable to Lowe's Home Center Inc. due to a decrease in value certified by the Webb County Appraisal Review Board.  Case # 2002CVQ000976-D2 of Supplement # 8.  Account # 976-20002-300.

 

42.           Consideration to authorize the purchase of nine thousand (9,000) garbage/refuse carts from Toter, Inc., Statesville, NC, through the State of Texas Contract Number 450-A2 for two wheel containers pricing in the total amount of $351,000.00.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

43.           Authorizing the issuance of a request for proposal (RFP) for the Rail Line Relocation Feasibility Study.  The Metropolitan Planning Organization MPO has budgeted $60,000.00 for the project and funding for the project is available in the MPO Account.

 

44.           Amending the construction contract with Landmark Structures Inc., for the over sizing of the SH 359 Work Order #6 Elevated Storage Tank from 250,000 gallons to 500,000 gallons.  The contract is subject to the approval by the Texas Water Development Board. This amendment increases the contract by $92,000.00 from $913,950.00 to $1,005,950.00.

 

45.           Consideration to fund an additional year of the contract with the Southwest Texas Rain Enhancement Association for $77,397.53 to cover the cost of the 2004 program.  The program, which will run through December 2004, provides coverage of the entire surface of Webb County.  The City will guarantee the full payment of the program and will collect contributions and other commitments from Webb County landowners to defray the cost.  Funding is available in the Water Availability Fund.

 

46.           Authorizing the City Manager to amend a professional services contract to Professional Operations, Inc., Dallas, Texas, in the amount of $14,940.00 for services related to the update of adjustment of the rate study in order to anticipate the current needs of the Capital Improvement Fund.  The rate study will be used to plan future bond issuances.  Funding is available in the Impact Fees Account.

 

47.           Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Saldana and Associates, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, in association with Mr. Joe C. Freeman, Architect Historic Preservation Consultant, Austin, Texas, for the Former Southern Hotel located at the 1200 Block of Matamoros Street and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract. Funding is available in the 2002 CO Issue Former Southern Hotel.

 

48.           Consideration for approval of the El Cuatro Park/Electrical and Illumination System and approval of final payment in the amount of $9,354.87 to Cantu Electric Company, Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $47,246.86.  Funding is available in the Community Development Projects/El Cuatro Park - 27th Action Year/2001 Grant.   

 

49.           Consideration for approval of acceptance of the Inner City Park located between Locust and Plum Streets and between Barcelona Avenue and McDonnel Avenue, and approval of final payment in the amount of $60,675.09 to Leyendecker Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $2,576,691.35.  Funding is available in the Inner City Park and Retainage Payable.

 

50.           Consideration for approval of acceptance of the construction of 8 feet high wrought-iron fence between Laredo International Bridges 1 and 2 at the former GSA import lot and approval of final payment in the amount of $7,639.00 to J. Solis Maintenance and Welding Services, Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $76,390.00.  Funding is available in the Bridge System Retainage Payable.  

 

51.           Consideration to award a construction contract to the sole bidder Rhino Builders, Ltd., Laredo, Texas, for the Seven Flags Park Rehabilitation Project in the bid amount of $411,792.25.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund - Seven Flags Park Rehabilitation. 

 

52.           Consideration for approval to re-bid the Zacate Creek Linear Park Phase III, IV & V - Scope II due to the sole bidder’s failure to submit a bid bond, therefore bid is not acceptable.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund - Zacate Creek Linear Park.

 

53.           Approval of City staff's recommendation for termination of construction contract with Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Eastwoods Park Project due to "Notice of Abandonment of Work and Default of Contract," and 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 taking actions as are permitted under the terms of the construction contract.

 

54.           Approval of City staff's recommendation for termination of construction contract with Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Santa Rita Park Improvements Project due to "Notice of Abandonment of Work and Default of Contract," and 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.

 

55.           Consideration to award a design/build contract to TNT Construction Company, Inc., Waco, Texas, in the amount not to exceed $399,300.00 for the Farias and Lafayette Street Spray Parks.  Funding is available in the Community Development Projects/Farias Splash Playground/Lafayette Splash Playground.

 

56.           Consideration to award an engineering contract to Olympia Landscape Irrigation & Lawn Service, Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $62,800.00 for surveys, design, and preparation of plans and specifications and installation of all equipment necessary thereof for the Zacate Creek Irrigation Project to be located between Saunders and Lyon Streets West of Zacate Creek.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvements Projects - Zacate Creek Irrigation. 

 

57.           Consideration to award an engineering contract to Quality Water Products Irrigation Division, San Antonio, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $101,140.00 for surveys, design, and preparation of plans and specifications and installation of all equipment necessary thereof for the Father McNaboe Irrigation Project to be located at the developed soccer, baseball, picnic and open play areas at the lower level of the park.  Funding is available in Capital Improvements Projects–Father McNaboe Park Improvements.

 

58.           Consideration to award contract FY04-063 to the low bidder, BWI, Schulenburg, Texas, in the estimated amount of $23,886.70 for providing bermuda seeds, fertilizer, and paper blocks for mulching for the Parks and Recreation Department.  The term of this contract will be for a period of six months.  All items will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Parks and Recreation Department budget and construction projects-El Cuatro and Inner City Parks.

 

59.           Consideration to award contract FY 04-062 to Leslie Poolmart, Inc., Phoenix, Arizona, in the estimated amount of $35,626.42 for providing pool chemicals for the Parks and Recreation Department.   The City received four bids for the purchase of pool chemicals for the maintenance of City’s swimming pools.  Due to lack of storage space and safety concerns of storing high volumes of chlorine, the department is now requesting that the chemicals be delivered monthly to each swimming pool.  The contract pricing is the same as the previous year.  Funding is available in the Parks and Recreation Department budget.

 

60.           Consideration to award contract FY04-060-124, to UTW Tire Collection Services, Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $43,500.00 for the removal and disposal of tires at the City landfill.  The term of this contract will be for one-year period with an option to extend this contract for three (3), one-year terms.  Staff estimates that approximately 500 tons of tires will be removed; however, this contract is based on actual tons of tires removed and disposed from the landfill.  The contract pricing is approximately 18% less than the previous contract amount.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Budget.

 

61.           Consideration to award contract number FY04-058 to the low bidder, Mr. Camera, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $26,800.20 for the purchase of photographic film and film processing.  A base price has been established for a twelve-month period for the purchase of a 35mm and Polaroid films and photo development services for all City departments.  All services and film will be secured on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Police, Community Development, Parks and Recreation, Environmental Services, and Building Departments’ budgets.

 

XII.      STAFF REPORTS

 

62.            

 

A.            Status report on Veteran’s Monument. 

 

XIII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

63.            

A.        Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

1.           Status report on pending repairs of empty elevated storage tank at Lyon and Meadow.

 

2.           Discussion with possible action regarding traffic and street repairs on Lyon Street between Springfield and Meadow.

 

3.           Discussion with possible action regarding lighting on Lyon Street between Springfield and Meadow, with possible action.

 

4.           Authorizing the use of approximately $5,000.00 in discretionary funds from District IV for the construction of sidewalks on the south side of the 700 block of Stewart.  Construction will be completed in-house by the Engineering/Public Works Department and proceeding with the 1300 Block of Stewart funded by the Transit Sales Tax Fund.

 

B.        Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

1.      Discussion with possible action regarding parking issues in District VI.

 

2.      Discussion with possible action regarding park space in District VI.

 

3.      Request for comprehensive report regarding COPS program, including initial intent, accomplishments to date, and future plans.

4.      Discussion with possible action regarding the 2004 street recycling program.

 

C.        Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

1.      Discussion with possible action regarding the hiring of police officers due to recent retirement numbers at Police Department.

 

2.      Discussion with possible action regarding distribution of information and hosting of town hall meeting to educate business owners in crime prevention.

 

3.      Discussion with possible action regarding increasing illumination of street lights from the 1200 to 2700 blocks of San Bernardo Avenue.

 

4.      Status report on El Cuatro and Seven Flags Parks.

 

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.

 

64.           Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072 in order to deliberate on the value of, and possible purchase of, real property near Laredo International Airport, 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.

 

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, March 24, 2004 at 6:30 p.m.

                                                                       

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary