CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2004-R-015

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

August 2, 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.

 

Out of consideration for all attendees of the City Council meetings, please turn off all cellular phones and pagers, or place on inaudible signal.  Thank you for your consideration.

 

 

 I.         CALL TO ORDER

 

II.         PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

III.        ROLL CALL

 

IV.       COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

 

a.      Recognition of Jonathan Leyendecker Swisher for being the youngest competitor to win at the Doc Novoa’s Golf Championship.

 

b.      Recognition of Gabriel E. Lozano, Police Department, for winning 1st place in the A Flight Division of the Doc Novoa’s Golf Tournament.

 

c.      Recognition of the Northwest and Del Mar Little League Teams for their participation in the State Tournaments.

 

Communiqués

 

V.        APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

           

VI.               PUBLIC HEARINGS

1.                  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo’s Subdivision Ordinance, Appendix B of the Code of Ordinances, Chapter II, Section 2-3.4, entitled Expiration of plat approval, by including expiration periods and/or extensions of preliminary plats, final plats, plats established within floodplains, and master plans/general plans; providing for publication and effective date.

 

2.                  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo 2003-2004 Annual Budget in the amount of $61,363.00 to fund the Laredo Autotheft Task Force and accepting an award in the amount of $282,805.00 from the Texas Automobile Theft Prevention Authority.  The City of Laredo will be designating $197,193.00 in matching funds, and Webb County will be designating $34,798.00 in matching funds for a total of $514,796.00. This grant is effective from September 1, 2004 through August 31, 2005.

 

3.                  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount of $25,000.00 from the Texas Department of Transportation for enforcement and prevention of Labor Day Weekend Driving While Impaired by which the City will pay for fringe benefits in the amount of $7,000.00 and authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo’s FY 03-04 Annual Budget in the amount of $32,000.00. This grant is for overtime salaries and is funded 100% by the Texas Department of Transportation. The City of Laredo will only pay for the added fringe benefits in the amount of $7,000.00.

 

4.                  Public hearing and introductory ordinance establishing a residential permit parking program within the City of Laredo on certain residential streets that are located within close proximity to school institutions and authorizing the implementation process that includes the minimum criteria for considering designating residential parking permit zones and establishing a permit fee schedule to pay for the costs incidental to the issuance of said permits and providing for severability and for an effective date and publication.

 

5.                  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the FY 2003-2004 annual budget of the South Texas Regional 911 System Fund by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $1,458,717.00 from the Commission on State Emergency Communications for the following divisions: Regional Administration, Webb County, Jim Hogg County, Starr County, Zapata County and Regional Programming.  Said budget amendment is for the period beginning September 1, 2004 through August 31, 2005.

         

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

VII.             INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

6.                  Closing as a public easement that section of Cherry Hill Dr. between Sandman and E. Calton Road situated in the Laredo Airport Subdivision, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas; and providing for an effective date.

 

VIII.           FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

7.                   

 

2004-O-174                  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.

 

2004-O-175                  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.

 

2004-O-176                  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.

 

2004-O-177                  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.

 

2004-O-178                  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 Laredo Community College on the northeast side of the campus, and the second CAMS is located at Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge #2. 

 

2004-O-179                  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 the program grant.

 

2004-O-180                  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.

 

2004-O-181                  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.

 

2004-O-182                  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.

 

2004-O-183                  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.

 

2004-O-184                  Consider a 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 Laredo International Airport.  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.               RESOLUTIONS

 

8.                  2004-R-072   Authorizing the City Manager to execute a non-financial agreement between the City of Laredo – Public Library and the Webb County Head Start Program to coordinate services provided to Head Start families.

 

9.                  2004-R-073   Accepting the donation of one utility easement from Eulogio Chavez, for the extension of utility service lines to the Los Altos Subdivision. This being a strip of land generally 15 feet in width, containing 1,135.62 square feet or .026 of an acre, more or less, and being situated in porcion 31, abstract 3116 and porcion 32, abstract 296, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and described by metes and bounds and survey attached as exhibits a and  b.      

 

10.             2004-R-074   Accepting the donation of two utility easements from Hector Farias, Jr., for the extension of utility service lines to the San Carlos subdivision, Phase I. These being:

(1)    A strip of land 8.00 feet in width, containing 915.03 square feet or 0.021 acres, more or less, and being situated in porcion 31, abstract 3116, as described by metes and bounds and survey attached as exhibits a and b; and

(2)    A strip of land 8.00 feet in width, containing 981.32 square feet or 0.023 acres, more or less, and being situated in porcion 31, abstract 3116, as described by metes and bounds and survey attached as exhibits c and d.

 

11.             2004-R-075   Advising the State of Texas Department of Transportation of the City of Laredo’s intent not to acquire a portion of State right-of-way that has been declared to be surplus property by the State of Texas.  Said right-of-way portion being located at the Southeast corner of U. S. Interstate Highway 35 and Shiloh Drive.

 

12.             2004-R-076   Authorizing the City Manager to execute a funding agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation and to disburse a payment in the amount of $58,500.00 as the City’s contribution to the cost of the proposed FM 1472 Railroad Grade Separation Project.

 

13.              2004-R-077  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a funding agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation and to disburse a payment in the amount of $25,350.00 as the City’s contribution to the cost of the proposed Loop 20 Diamond Interchange at US 59.

 

14.             2004-R-078   Authorizing the City Manager to submit Articles of Incorporation, IRS tax exempt forms, and any other required forms to the Internal Revenue Service, and or the Texas Secretary of State for the purpose of establishing Keep Laredo Beautiful, Inc., a nonprofit organization.

 

15.             2004-R-079   Recommending that Webb County’s grant application for the Laredo Multi-Agency Narcotics Task Force for Fiscal Year June 1, 2004 through May 31, 2005, be approved by the office of the Governor Criminal Justice Division; Authorizing City Manager to decline  the $1,142,115.00 grant  from the Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division to fund the  Laredo Multi-Agency Narcotics Task Force for the same period; And authorizing the City Manager to terminate the City’s participation in the Laredo Multi-Agency Narcotics Task Force.

 

X.                 MOTIONS

 

16.             Motion to approve change of day for regular City Council meeting from Monday, September 6, 2004, to Tuesday, September 7, 2004, in observance of Labor Day holiday.

 

17.             Consideration to authorize the nomination of Larry Dovalina, City Manager, for the position of Trustee, Place 7, on the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool Board of Trustees for a six year term beginning on October 1, 2004.

 

18.             Authorizing the City Manager to submit an offer in response to Solicitation No. DTFASW-4-R-00022 from the Federal Aviation Administration for a five (5) year proposal in the amount of $1,598,577.00 with Federal Aviation Administration for air traffic control services at the Laredo International Airport utilizing City of Laredo Airport Fund employees and authorizing the City Manager to execute annual contracts for said services.  Under this proposed contract the City of Laredo will continue to provide labor, supervision, materials and equipment and supplies as required.  The Federal Aviation Administration reimburses the City of Laredo for Air Traffic Control Services rendered at the Laredo International Airport.

 

19.             Requesting authorization to amend the City of Laredo’s 1998, 1999, and 2002 Consolidated Plans and to acquire all of block 712, Western Division, in the City of Laredo, State of Texas, with use of reprogrammed 24th, 25th, and 28th Action Year CDBG fund balances totaling $132,000.00.

 

20.             Consideration to award a contract for concessionaire at the Benavides Softball Complex and all municipal swimming pools to Mr. Antonio Almendarez for a period of one year.  This vendor was recommended based on the price structure provided during the bid process.  The agreement is expected to provide a monthly rental income of $100.00 during active sales months including 15% of the gross revenue from sales. 

 

21.             Approval of Change Order No. 1 in the amount of $36,223.35 to Ellis & Ellis, Inc., for additional bypass pumping requirements to complete the repair of the collapsed 36” wastewater interceptor at San Francisco and Ortiz and bring collection line back into full service eliminating potential of additional sewage overflows.

 

22.             Ratify action taken by the City Manager on July 1, 2004, to authorize Change Order No. 1 to Grant Brothers, L.L.C., in the amount of $37,372.40 for the repair of the collapsed 42” raw wastewater line into the Zacate Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.

 

23.             Ratify and approve action taken by the City Manager on May 17, 2004, to authorize an emergency contract to Grant Brothers, L.L.C., in the amount of $122,620.00 for the repair of the trickling filter at the Zacate Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant due to the major break in the 20” feed line into and within the trickling filter Treatment Unit.

 

24.             Authorization to advertise for bids for the construction phase of the Zacate Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Odor Control and Rehabilitation Project. The project construction is projected to be substantially complete by October 2005.  Funding is available in the 2004 B Revenue Bond.

 

XI.               STAFF REPORTS

 

25.                                    

 

A.            Report by Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Nick Marks Reyna and 250th Anniversary Celebration Coordinator Eddie Zavala on developments relating to the 250th Celebration.

 

B.            Report by Dr. Hector Gonzalez, Health Director, on creating a farmer’s market.

           

XII.             GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

26.                                    

           

A.            Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Johnny Amaya

1.      Status report on any vacant City owned land in District IV.

2.      Discussion with possible action authorizing the City Manager to use discretionary funds for installing a mister system at East Central Park and Ochoa Park in an amount not to exceed $4,000.00.

 

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

1.      Status report on the sewer overflow at the 8100 block of Mines Road.

 

C.          Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

1.      Discussion with possible action regarding street cuts on the 1400, 1500, and 1600 Blocks of Lincoln.

2.      Discussion with possible action regarding the water park for the city of Laredo.

 

XIII.           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.

 

27.             Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072 in order to deliberate the possible purchase, lease or value of a parcel of land in the downtown area because deliberation in an open meeting would have detrimental effect on the position of the City Council in negotiations with third persons; and return to open session for possible action and direction to staff. 

 

XIV.         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 July 28, 2004 at 6:00 p.m.

                                                                       

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary