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I.CALL TO ORDER
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.
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
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
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
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 ordinanceauthorizing 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
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:WebbCounty, JimHoggCounty, StarrCounty, ZapataCounty and Regional Administrator (City of Laredo). (As amended)
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
the City Manager to convey to LaredoIndependentSchool 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.
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.
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.
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.
the City of Laredo’s FY 2003-2004 Annual Budget
by authorizing the addition of one (1) Administrative Assistant I position
for the South
Texas9-1-1 Regional Administration.Funding is available in the 9-1-1 Regional Fund, Administration Division.
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 JetwaySystemsPassengerBridge
at the LaredoInternationalAirport.
Funding is available in the AirportBudget
Storm and Wind Damage Account.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
12.Consideration to award contract number
FY03-068 to the low bidder, Holt Company of 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.
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.
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.
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
A.Request by Council Member Hector J. Garcia
1.Status report on Clark
Boulevard creek drainage improvements.
2.Status report on lighting on Clark
B.Request by Council Member Gene Belmares
possible action regarding Public Works projects in District VI.
possible action regarding installing a collapsible railing on Springfield Avenue by JSJ Estates.
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.
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 CivicCenter
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.
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.
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