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I.CALL TO ORDER
Approval of the minutes of June 7, 2004.
a.Recognition of Adriana Garza from AlexanderHigh School on being selected to compete
in the 2004 Tourney Sport USA Hawaii Classics Competition and winning the top
pool medalists competition and overall tournament championship. She was also
selected to the All-Tournament Team and placed 2nd in the setting
ofSam Youngs (home school, 4th
grade), Alex Lopez (Milton Elem., 5th grade), Anaissa Leal (Matias
De Llano Elem., 5th grade), Kristyn Ramirez (Gutierrez Elem., 4th
grade) and Patrick Carroll (St. Peter’s Memorial, 6th grade) for
their time and dedication for the production of the Environmental Educational
Video “It’s Up To Me and You”for the
City of Laredo.
c.Recognition of Jonathan Leyendecker Swisher for being the youngest
competitor to win the Doc Novoa’s Golf Championship.
d.Recognition of Loryn Elysha Muñoz for competing in the National
American Miss Princess Pageant in Houston, Texas.
a.Presentation by Sylvia Bruni, LaredoIndependentSchool District, regarding HOSTS (Help One Student To Succeed) Program.
TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES
a.Appointment by Council
Member Johnny Rendon of:
1.Roberto Mancha to the Vehicles for Hire Ad Hoc Committee
2.Jesus Hinojosa, III, to the Board of Adjustment
3.Michael Smith to the Telecommunications Advisory
1.Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo
by rezoning 150 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached
Exhibit “A,” located west of Hwy 83, from R-1 (Single-Family Residential
District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and
effective date. The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval
of the proposed zone change.
2.Public hearing and introductoryordinance
amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 39.6014
acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A,”
located south of Hwy 359 and Las Blancas Subdivision, from R-1 (Single Family
Residential District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District); providing for
publication and effective date. The Planning and Zoning Commission has
recommended approval of the proposed zone change.
3.Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo
by rezoning Lot 6, Block 1093, Western Division, located at 4403 Santa Maria
Avenue, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business
District); providing for publication and effective date. The Planning and
Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change.
4.Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo
by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for the long-term storage of
hazardous materials (pool maintenance chemicals only) on Lot 22, Block 5, San
Isidro Ranch East Point Center Subdivision, Unit 2, located at 801 Union
Pacific Boulevard; providing for publication and effective date.The Planning and Zoning Commission has
recommended approval of the Conditional Use Permit.
5.Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo
by rezoning Lot 1, Block 60, Calton Gardens Subdivision No. 2, located one
block west of Marcella Avenue and one block north of Calton Road from B-1
(Limited Commercial 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.
6.Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo
by rezoning Lot 4B, Block 352, Western Division, located at 1711 San Dario
Avenue, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business
District); providing for publication and effective date.The Planning and Zoning Commission has
recommended denial of the proposed zone change.
7.Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget
by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $70,000.00 from
the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to continue the
operation of the two continuous air monitoring stations (CAMS) by the City of
Laredo Health Department for the contract period beginning
September 1, 2004, through August 31, 2005.One of the CAMS is located at LaredoCommunity
College on the northeast side of the campus, and the second CAMS
is located at Juarez-LincolnInternationalBridge #2.
8.Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 full-time
equivalent positions for the City of Laredo Health Department’s Women,
Infants, and Children (WIC) Program from 83 to 86 by creating three full-time
Nutrition Aide positions.Funding is
available in theprogram grant.
9.Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo’s FY 2003-2004 full-time
equivalent positions by reclassifying nine (9) firefighters to the positions
of three (3) captains, three (3) drivers and three (3) assistant drivers to
activate aerial truck #3 for fire station #12 located at 9402 N.E. Bob
Bullock Loop.Funding for these
positions is available in the Fire Department’s operating budget in the
amount of $20,133.09.
10.Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the FY 2003-2004 annual budget in the amount of
$1,141,000.00 to fund the 2002-2005 Universal Hiring COPS Grant from United
States Department of Justice, Community Oriented Policing Services.The purpose of this grant is to hire 15
Patrol Officer Cadets for a three-year funding period of the “Universal
Hiring” program beginning August 1, 2002
through July 31, 2005.The Department of Justice will contribute
$1,125,000.00 and the City of Laredo will contribute $1,216,770.00 in matching funds in the
(3) three year grant period for a total grant amount of $2,341,770.00.The City of Laredo 2003-2004 full-time equivalents will be amended by the addition of
fifteen (15) Grade 71 Cadet Police Officers.
11.Setting the maximum
speed limit on that portion of U.S. 59, within the City limits of Laredo,
Webb County, Texas, as 35 mph from milepoint 42.755 to milepoint 45.085,
located east of Ejido Avenue, as defined in the Texas Department of
Transportation Control Section Map 0542-01-039, providing for the
installation of appropriate signs to indicate speed changes in the designated
areas and providing for publication and effective date.
12.Authorizing the City
Manager to execute Lessor’s Consent to an assignment of that Lease Agreement
approved by Ordinance No. 95-O-155 dated August 7, 1995, between the City of
Laredo, as Lessor, and Aero Center, Inc., as Lessee, for the approximate
0.5573 acre tract of land located at 800 Flightline at the Laredo
International Airport to Khaledi Global Sales Co., Ltd.All terms and conditions of the original
lease will remain the same and in effect; providing for an effective date.
recommendation authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Ronny
Salamon dba Avionics Services for approximately 5,980 square feet
constituting Hangar No. 1307 located at 4400 Maher Avenue at the LaredoInternationalAirport.Lease term is
for three (3) years commencing August 1, 2004,
and ending on July 31, 2007.Monthly rent shall be $1,301.00 and will be
adjusted annually according to changes in the consumer price index; providing
for an effective date.
IX.FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES
2004-O-171Amending the City of Laredo's FY
2003-2004 Annual Budget by authorizing the addition of three (3) Full Time
Equivalents (FTEs) including one (1) 9-1-1 Program Manager, one (1) 9-1-1
Specialist, and one (1) 9-1-1 Mapping and Database Maintenance Specialist for
the South Texas 9-1-1 Regional Administration Division.Funding is available in the 9-1-1 Regional Administration Fund.
2004-O-172Amending the City of Laredo FY
2003-2004 annual budget by increasing revenues and expenditures in the amount
of $20,017.00 in additional funds, totaling $85,767.00 for a nine month
budget from the Texas Department of Health for the Immunization Action
Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the grant period beginning January
through December 31, 2004.The City’s contribution to the program is in the amount of $199,103.00
for FY 04-05. (As Amended)
2004-O-173Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Assignment of
that Rental Car Agency Concession and Lease Agreement entered into between
the City of Laredo, as Lessor, and Instant Signs, Inc., dba Budget Rent a
Car of Laredo, as Lessee, by Ordinance No. 2003-O-191 dated August 4, 2003.Said Assignment
is to Budget Rent a Car System, Inc., for approximately 171 square feet of
office and counter space located in Car Rental Space #2, and 19 parking
spaces located at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop at the LaredoInternationalAirport.All the terms of
the original Rental Car Agency Concession and Lease Agreement will remain
unchanged and in effect; providing for an effective date.
the City Manager to enter into a non-financial agreement between Texas A
& M International University ~ Eduardo M. Hinojosa Reading Research
Center and the City of Laredo ~ Public Library to provide a Summer Literacy
Camp for fourth and fifth grade students July 12–31, 2004.
donation of one utility easement from Maria Esther Garcia for the extension
of utility service lines to San Carlos Subdivision, Phase I.This being a strip of land 8.00 feet in
width, containing 1,255.37 square feet or 0.029 of an acre, more or less, and
being situated in porcion 31, abstract 3116, City of Laredo, Webb County,
Texas, and described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A
donation of one utility easement from Rafael De La Rosa for the extension of
utility service lines to San Carlos Subdivision, Phase I. This being a strip
of land 8.00 feet in width, containing 688.64 square feet or 0.016 of an
acre, more or less, and being situated in porcion 31, abstract 3116, City of
Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and described by metes and bounds and survey
attached as Exhibits A and B.
donation of one utility easement from Rosa Liendo for the extension of
utility service lines to Antonio Santos Subdivision.This being a 1,293.00 square foot tract out
of tract 8 in the Antonio Santos Subdivision, and being situated in porcion
10, abstract 280, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and described by metes
and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B.
City Manager to submit a grant application to the Federal Aviation
Administration Airport Improvement Program and to accept a grant(s), if
offered, in the estimated amount of $2,788,451.00 for the purpose of
rehabilitating taxiways, $3,000,000.00 for the purpose of rehabilitating
cargo apron, and $1,800,000.00 for the purpose of acquiring land for the LaredoInternationalAirport.The grant
application for the Discretionary Funding is for a total of $7,588,451.00. The
City’s five (5%) percent local match in the estimated amount of $399,393.00
is available in the Airport Fund Balance/Land Sale Proceeds.
submission of the 2004 Consolidated One Year Action Plan to the U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development in request for funding through the 30th
Action Year Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in the amount of
$4,336,000.00; the 2004 HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) in the
amount of $1,444,006.00; the 2003 American Dream Downpayment Initiative in
the amount of $38,244.00; the 2004 American Dream Downpayment Initiative in
the amount of $45,129.00; and the 2004 Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) in the
amount of $161,205.00, and authorizing the City Manager to execute all
documents as a result of the Plan’s submission.
approval of change order no. 3 an increase of $256,631.26 and to add 75
calendar days to the construction contract with Price Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Laredo International Airport Access Roads for
revised alignment of the Fuel Farm Road and South Access Drainage Improvements. Funding is
available in the Airport Construction Fund – Grant No. 29.
approve award of amendment no. 1 to Foster Engineering Company, Laredo,
Texas, for an amount not to exceed $251,000.00 for professional services to
include preparation of drainage easement surveys, design and preparation of
plans and specifications, and construction phase services for the Upper
Zacate Creek Drainage Project Phase II.Funding is available in the 1998 C.O. Zacate Creek U.R. Pilot and 2003
C.O. Zacate Creek Upper Pilot.
23.Consideration to award
contract number FY04-098 to Quest Diagnostics, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, in an estimated annual amount of $225,000.00 to perform
clinical laboratory testing services submitted by the City of Laredo Health
Department.The term of the contract is
for an amount not to exceed $675,000.00 for a period of three years beginning
1, 2004, through September 30, 2007.The vendor was
selected based on the testing fees, years of experience, and their ability to
meet the City’s requirements.Funding
is available in the Health Department’s budget and is contingent on future
budget appropriations for subsequent years.
24.Authorizing the City
Manager to enter into an agreement with Texas Department of Health in an
amount not to exceed $134,342.00 for the provision of comprehensive medical and
preventive health care and case management services for family health,
diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease as well as counseling and
diagnostics to eligible low-income individuals. This contract will begin
on September 1, 2004,
through August 31, 2005,
and grant compliments the city’s contribution of $45,564.00 for FY 04-05.Services are provided to 560 clients per
25.Authorizing the City
Manager to enter into an agreement with Texas Department of Health in the
amount not to exceed $21,657.00 for the provision of health screening,
counseling and behavior modification and education for chronic diseases
(cardiovascular, cancer, diabetes, and obesity), and general wellness.This includes medical case management,
nutrition, prevention, and aerobics, as well as diagnostics and referral for
specialty care. These services are provided to 4,000 clients. This contract
will begin on September 1, 2004 through August 31, 2005.
exercise the option year for contract FY03-081 awarded to the low bidder, Air
Gas, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $40,000.00 for
providing welding gases, welding rods, and cut links used by the service
departments and medical oxygen used by the Fire Department.Funding is available in the following
departmental budgets: Traffic Safety – Fleet Maintenance, Parks and
Recreation Department and Fire Department – EMS Division.
27.Consideration to cancel
contract FY04-069 awarded to Super X Mowing Service, Laredo, Texas, on May 3, 2004,
for providing monthly mowing and maintenance of the Zacate Creek areas due to
non compliance with our contract provisions and poor performance; and award a
new contract to Nick Benavides, Laredo, Texas, in the annual amount of $72,168.00.Nick Benavides was the previous contract
vendor for this project and provides the best value for the City due to his
past experience and satisfactory performance.Funding is available in the Environmental Services Department budget.
28.Consideration to award
contract 04-102 to the low bidder, D.R. Kidd Co., Inc., Round Rock, Texas, in
the total amount of $168,145.00 to repair the damaged sections of the
International Airport passenger terminal roof.Funding is available in the Airport
Fund.This is a reimbursable TML
expense from the storm/wind damages.
adjustments to the tax roll.The
amount to be adjusted for month of June 2004, represents an increase of
$49,814.34.These adjustments are
determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.
30.Refund of property tax
to the following taxpayers and companies:
1.A refund in the amount of $1,131.10 payable to Ramiro and
Maria Bustamante due to over payments. Account # 900-90241-097.
2.A refund in the amount of $869.90 payable to Richard M.
Sample and Marie L. Sample due to a double payment.Account # 909-00014-317.
3.A refund in the amount of $2,357.96 payable to
Caterpillar Financial Services due to a double payment.Account # 801-03000-515.
4.A refund in the amount of $908.17 payable to Graciano and
Gabriela Bortonio due to a double payment.Account # 970-50001-160.
5.A refund in the amount of $864.42 payable to V. & P.
Incorporated due to a double payment.Account # 964-40008-350
6.A refund in the amount of $512.25 payable to Juanita A.
Cruz due to a double payment.Account
7.A refund in the amount of $595.20 payable to the
International Bank of Commerce due to a decrease in value certified by Webb
County Appraisal Review Board.Account
8.A refund in the amount of $1,321.82 payable to Kayce A.
Frye due to a double payment.Account
31.Consideration for approval of change order #2 to Price Construction,
Ltd., Big Spring, Texas, in the amount of $36,000.00 for
the construction of State Highway 359 Planning Area - Work Order No. 1
Wastewater Trunk Line from Chacon Creek to Los Altos. This increase in contract amount
is a result of additional expenses incurred while excavating through a rock
strata which was not identified in the plans or contract documents. The
construction contract time is extended for an additional nine (9) calendar
days. The revised contract amount is $1,959,745.25 and is subject to the
approval of the TWDB. Funding is available in the Colonias Construction Fees.
32.Authorizing the City Manager to solicit bids and conduct a public sale
of three (3) tracts of airport non-aeronautical use land consisting of
approximately 35.63 acres located along the east side of Bob Bullock Loop
andacross from the Airport Passenger
Terminal at the Laredo International Airport.
A.Report by Planning
Director, Keith Selman, regarding issues to be considered in the upcoming draft
amendment to the parkingordinance
relative to recreation facilities.
B.Request by Police
Officer Jose Luis Ramos to consider extending his injury leave with pay, with
C.Update report on the status of the Colonias
DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
Council Member John C. Galo
1.Authorizing the City
Manager to use District III discretionary funds to install a mister system at
Santa FePark and ThreePointsPark in an amount not to exceed $4,000.00, with possible
2.Discussion with possible action requiring all utility franchises of the
City of Laredo to have local contact numbers in case of
B.Request by Mayor
Pro-Tempore Johnny Amaya
possible action authorizing the City Manager to use discretionary funds for
installing a mister system at LyonStreetSkatePark in an amount not to exceed $4,000.00.
possible action regarding street repairs for Lyon Street between Meadow and Springfield.
3.Status report regarding
street repairs on Bartlett Avenue between Saunders and Elm.
Council Member Johnny Rendon
1.Status report on District
V ongoing projects, specifically the ZacateCreekLinearPark.
Council Member Jose A. Valdez, Jr.
possible action on creating a Council Ad Hoc Committee to provide project
oversight for the official activities of the City of Laredo’s 250th
possible action on potential amendments to the Conditional Use Permit
possible action on the sewer overflow at the 8100 block of Mines Road.
Council Member Juan Ramirez
possible action concerning train safety to prevent derailments.
possible action to create a position of Design and Building Coordinator for
the City of Laredo to oversee projects such as Zacate Creek and El Portal.
possible action on placing a water fountain in Zacate Creek honoring the late
4.Status report on communication
with WebbCounty regarding the water park.
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.
XV.RECESS AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MUNICIPAL
35.2004-RMH-001A resolution authorizing the Laredo Municipal Housing
Corporation (LMHC) to charge 80% of the HUD updated Fair Market Rents (FMR)
established on October 1, 2003, equivalent to $419.00 for a 2-bedroom,
$520.00 for a 3-bedroom, and $586.00 for a 4-bedroom at the Jose A. Flores
Apartments.Rents at the Jose A.
Flores Apartments will be adjusted to reflect 80% of FMR every two years
after October 1, 2004.Also authorizing to charge $374.00 for a
2-bedroom, $461.00 for a 3-bedroom, $280.00 for 2-bedroom low income units,
$305.00 for 3-bedroom low income units (a total of 13 low income units) at
the Tomas Flores Apartments, also charging a $200.00 deposit to all new
tenants at the Tomas Flores Apartments, effective October
XVI.ADJOURN AS THE
LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING CORPORATION AND RECONVENE AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL
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 July 14, 2004 at