CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2004-R-06

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

APRIL 5, 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

 

Recognitions

 

a.      Recognition by  Horacio de Leon, Parks and Recreation Director and Richard Gentry President of the Tree Advisory Committee of the City of Laredo for its designation as a Tree City USA. 

 

b.      Recognition of Karla Robles of the Community Development Department on her selection as March 2004 Employee of the Month.

 


Communiqués

 

a.      Presentation by Vaswani Soccer Ventures, L.L.C., regarding the United Soccer League’s newest Premier Development League member franchise from Laredo, Texas.

 

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 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.

 

2.               Public hearing and Second Reading 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.

 

3.               Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount of $10,000.00 from the Texas Department of Transportation for the enforcement of the seat belt law and authorizing the City Manager to decrease the City of Laredo’s FY 03-04 annual budget in the amount of $22,500.00. This grant is for overtime salaries and is funded 100% by the Texas Department of Transportation.

 

4.               Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the 2003-2004 annual budget in the amount of $5,208.00 for the Laredo Multi-Agency Narcotics Task Force to be used for vehicle maintenance and wrecker fees.  The use of program income was approved by the Office of the Governor Criminal Justice Division through a grant adjustment dated March 19, 2004.

 

5.               Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the Transit Capital grants budget by appropriating $322,592.00 as a local match, for the Texas Department of Transportation Vehicle Capital Replacement (VCR) Grant in the amount of $610,300.00 for the purchase of three 35 feet CNG buses to total $932,892.00; and reaffirming the City of Laredo intent to participate in the State VCR Program.

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

VIII.     FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

6.                

 

2004-O-054                       Adopting a budget for FY 2003-2004 for the South Texas Regional 911 System Fund.  The proposed budget consists of $606,008.00 in revenues from the Commission on State Emergency Communications and $606,008.00 in expenditures for the following:  Webb County, Jim Hogg County, Starr County, Zapata County and Regional Administrator (City of Laredo). (As amended) 

 

2004-O-062                       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. 

 

2004-O-063                       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. 

 

2004-O-064                       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. 

 

2004-O-065                       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. 

 

2004-O-067                       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.

 

2004-O-068                       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.

 

2004-O-069                       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.

 

2004-O-070                       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.

 

2004-O-071                       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.

 

2004-O-072                       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.  

 

2004-O-073                       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.

 

2004-O-074                       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. 

 

2004-O-075                       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. 

 

2004-O-076                       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.

 

2004-O-077                       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.

 

2004-O-078                       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. 

 

2004-O-079                       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.

 

2004-O-080                       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.

 

2004-O-081                       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.

 

2004-O-082                       Amending the City of Laredo’s FY 2003-2004 Annual Budget by authorizing the addition of one (1) Administrative Assistant I position for the South Texas 9-1-1 Regional Administration.  Funding is available in the 9-1-1 Regional Fund, Administration Division.

 

IX.       MOTIONS

 

7.               Consideration to award a contract to FMC Technologies, Inc., in the amount of $281,105.00 for the repair and replacement of a portion of one Jetway Systems Passenger Bridge at the Laredo International Airport. Funding is available in the Airport Budget Storm and Wind Damage Account.    

 

8.               Consideration to reject the two bids received for contract FY04-053 for the purchase and planting of containerized grown trees and shrubs for the Chacon Creek Restoration Project.  Funding is available in the Environmental Services Department budget.   

 

a.        Bids submitted exceeding the budget allocation and authorizing staff to solicit new bids.  This contract required the contract vendor to clean and clear brush along the lowermost reach of Chacon Creek as well as plant approximately 15,000, one gallon trees and shrubs.  The bid specifications will be modified to include provisions for the purchase of the trees and shrubs by the City and under separate contract the actual brush and debris removal and planting of these trees and shrubs.  The trees and shrubs will be ordered in the Spring for delivery to the City for planting in the Fall.   

 

9.               Consideration to reject all bids received for contract FY04-049 for providing automotive batteries for the City's fleet and authorize that the existing battery contract be extended for a period of sixty days.  

 

a.        The Fleet Maintenance Division will modify the bid document to include changes to the minimum cranking amps requirements, place of manufacture origin, and an option for a three year full replacement program.  The changes are being recommended to allow for more competition and to allow for potential savings to the City.  The bid specification document will be modified to include these requirements. 

 

10.           Consideration to award contract FY04-061 to Holt Co. of Texas, Laredo, Texas, in the total amount of $230,150.00 for the purchase of one street paving machine.  Funding is available in the 2003 Contractual Obligation PPFCO bond proceeds. 

 

a.        There is a lower bid for the same type of machine from a dealer from San Antonio, Texas; however, staff is recommending Holt Company of Texas because this bidder provides the best value to the City based on the equipment proposed and the availability of local service.   

 

11.           Consideration to rescind contract number FY03-093 awarded to Staff Force on July 7, 2003, for providing contract laborers for the Solid Waste Department and award a new service contract (FY04-032) to RM Personnel, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the same services.   Funding is available in the Solid Waste budget.    

 

a.        RM Personnel provided the best value for the City.  BPR Personnel submitted a bid with a lower rate but their contract document included provisions for additional costs such as deductibles for insurance coverage and placement fees.  The department requires temporary contract employees for office and litter abatement/refuse collectors.  These contract employees are used to fill in for full time employees that are sick, on injury leave, and for vacant positions that will no longer be filled due to automation.  Staff Force submitted a letter to the City of Laredo stating that they could no longer provide these employees because they could not provide Worker’s Compensation insurance coverage.    

 

12.           Consideration to award contract number FY03-068 to the low bidder, Holt Company of Texas, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $241,751.00 for the purchase of one replacement five wheel loader for the landfill operation.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund. 

 

a.        This equipment will be purchased using a total cost bid evaluation process.  The bid pricing includes provisions for a five-year maintenance contract and a guaranteed re-purchase price after a five-year period.  Delivery of this equipment is expected within sixty days.  

 

13.           Consideration to award annual contracts (FY04-056), to the low bidders:  Vehicle Maintenance Program, Inc., Boca Raton, Florida, in the base amount of $34,910.62; Fleetpride, Laredo, Texas, in the base amount of $22,790.70; Laredo Wholesale, Laredo, Texas, in the base amount of $21,071.00; O’Reilly Auto Parts, Springfield, MI, in the base amount of $9,525.20; and A & A Automotive Supplies, San Antonio, Texas, in the base amount of $5,735.20; for the purchase of general repair parts.   Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance budget. 

 

a.        These replacement parts will be purchased on an as needed basis for all City fleet vehicles.  The contract items include:  oil/fuel filters, front end parts, hoses, clamps, belts, lamps/bulbs, service lubricants, and brakes.   

 

14.           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 $31,550.00 to be installed at the Garcia/Vela Little League Field.  Funding is available in the 29th Action Year – 2003 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).    

 

15.           Consideration for approval of change order #1 to Peltier Brothers Construction, Ltd., Houston, Texas, in the amount of $104,000.00 for the Lyon Street 6 MG Ground Storage Tank Repairs revised contract amount for a $ 685,136.51 and extending the construction contract for an additional 106 calendar days.  Funding is available in the Lyon Tank Improvements Account.

 

a.        This change order consists of additional interior lining with elastomeric poly-urethane coating, additional compensation for rainy days and the addition of a logo to the exterior of the two tanks.  

 

X.        GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

16.            

A.        Request by Council Member Hector J. Garcia

1.      Status report on Clark Boulevard creek drainage improvements.

2.      Status report on lighting on Clark Boulevard.

           


B.        Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

1.      Discussion with possible action regarding Public Works projects in District VI.

2.      Discussion with possible action regarding installing a collapsible railing on Springfield Avenue by JSJ Estates.

3.      Discussion with possible action on assisting the Laredo Heat on securing Veteran’s Field for the 2004 soccer season.

 

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

1.      Discussion with possible action regarding implementation of a plan to repave or reconstruct streets in older industrial park areas.

 

D.        Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

1.      Discussion with possible action regarding installing street lights on San Ignacio from Sanchez to Burnside.

2.      Discussion with possible action to improve lighting around the Civic Center using District VIII Discretionary Funds.

3.      Discussion with possible action on constructing sidewalks on the West side of the 500 block of Main Street using District VIII Discretionary Funds.

4.      Discussion with possible action on water park.

 

 

XI.       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.

 

XII.      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 March 31, 2004 at 6:30 p.m.

                                                                       

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

            City Secretary