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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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and pagers, or place on inaudible signal.Thank you for your consideration.
I.CALL TO ORDER
Approval of the minutes of June 21, 2004 and July 23, 2004.
a.Recognition of Maria Josefina "Josie" Cardenas of the
Laredo Public Library on her selection as July 2004 Employee of the Month.
b.Recognition of City Departments for their contribution and
participation in the 2004 American Cancer Society Relay for Life event.
the 2004 United High School Engineering & Technology Magnet Internship
Program students who successfully completed their internship with the City of
Oscar Medina, Solid Waste Director, regarding “Slow
Down to Get Around”program and
recognition of all participants.
a.Legislative update by The Honorable Richard Raymond.
VI.APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND
a.Appointment by Mayor
Elizabeth G. Flores of Roberto Garcia to the BuildingStandards Board.
b.Appointment by Mayor
Elizabeth G. Flores of Council Member Johnny Rendon to the Ad Hoc Traffic
1.Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo
by rezoning 0.87 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached
Exhibit “A”, located approximately at 4250 Hwy 359, from R-3 (Mixed
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 introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo
by rezoning 1.05 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached
Exhibit “A”, located at 4250 Hwy 359, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District)
to B-1 (Limited Commercial 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 11, Block 1328, Eastern Division, located at 2310 Boulanger
Street, from B-3 (Community Business District) to R-2 (Multifamily
Residential District); providing for publication and effective date. The
Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone
4.Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 10.20 acres, as further described by metes
and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, approximately northeast of the
intersection of Calle Del Norte and Springfield Avenue, from AG (Agricultural 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
5.Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning OrdinanceMap of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot
4, Block 1127, Western Division, located at 2012 Farias Street, from R-3
(Mixed Residential 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.
6.Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Capital Improvement Project
FY 2003-2004 annual budget to reflect an appropriation for the development of
the West Laredo Multimodal Trade Corridor Phase II Project.The Federal appropriation of $2,597,272.00
comes from the FY 2003 Federal Transportation spending bill and the City’s
contribution is $649,318.00. The total project budget is $3,246,590.00.
7.Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo fiscal year 2003-2004 Water
and Colonias Funds by appropriating a transfer out of $132,550.00 from Water
Fund to the Colonias Fund, and amending the City of Laredo’s Colonias Fund
budget by appropriating the transfer in from the Water Fund and the capital
expense in the amount of $132,550.00, which will be used to pay for the over
size of the Colonias Elevated Storage Tank from 250,000 gallons to 500,000
gallons in the SH 359 area, and authorizing the City Manager to implement
8.Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by
appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount $336,184.00 in funds
from the Texas Department of Health and an estimated amount of $116,656.00 in
Program Income for the Office of Public Health Practice of the City of Laredo
Health Department for the period beginning
September 1, 2004, through August 31, 2005.
9.Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004 Capital Improvement Fund budget by appropriating
revenues and expenditures in the amount of $8,000.00 for the School Flasher/Beacon
Program.Revenues consist of
contributions for United Independent School District (UISD) with a 50% match
from the City.Total project cost is
10.Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute the Section
5307 Urban Transportation Capital Investment Grant Agreement NO. TX-90-X624,
state project NO. VCR 0401(22)624, contract NO. 51422F7192 from the Texas
Department of Transportation in the amount if $610,300.00 with a local match
of $322,592.00 for the purchase of three 35 ft. CNG buses for a grand total
$932,892.00; and to amend the Transit Capital Grant budget for a net amount
of $102,350.00; and providing for grant/contract funds to be deposited in the
City of Laredo Transit Fund.
11.Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute the
Federal Transit Administration Grant, Section 5307, TX-90-X644, in the amount
of $2,446,138.00 for fiscal year 2003-2004; and amend the Transit Systems
Operating budget by decreasing the Federal Transit Administration Operating
Grant Contribution from $3,554,774.00 to $2,446,138.00 and increasing the
sales tax match for operating expenses from $3,127,695.00 to $4,236,331.00;
and providing for grant funds to be deposited in the City of Laredo Transit
12.Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a budget
amendment by appropriating funds from the Federal Transit Administration
Grant NO. TX 90 X599, for fiscal year 2002-2003 in the amount of $312,839.00
to be used for operating expenses in fiscal year 2003-2004; increasing the
federal contribution from $2,446,138.00 to $2,758,977.00 and decreasing the
sales tax match for operating expenses from $4,236,331.00 to $3,923,492.00
and transferring $312,839.00 into sales tax reserve appropriation.
the City Manager to execute a lease with Southwestern Bell Wireless, LLC, as
general partner of the Corpus Christi SMSA Limited Partnership for ground
space at the Fire Station located at 2100 Zacatecas, Laredo, Webb County,
Texas, and being more fully described in Exhibit “A” of lease agreement to
construct on such premises a 125 ft. high monopoleandrelated equipment building for use with its communications business. Term
of the lease is five (5) years commencing September 7, 2004 and ending September 6, 2009 with four (4) successive renewal terms of
five (5) years.Annual base rent shall
be $12,000.00 each year during the term of the lease and will be adjusted by
four percent (4%) on each anniversary of the commencement date, providing for
the City Manager to execute a lease renewal with United Exports Trading
Association (U.E.T.A.) of Texas, Inc., for approximately 2,526 square feet
out of Lot 10, Block 22, in the Western Division,
City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, lying north of the concrete pavement
connecting Salinas Street with Water Street:
term is for one (1) year commencing on June 1, 2004 and ending May 31, 2005.
rent will be $1,000.00.
3.City of Laredo may terminate this lease within thirty
(30) daysprior written notice.
15.Authorizing the City Manager to execute all
necessary documents to effectively convey fee simple title to the “surface
only”, at its market value of $11,318.00, for certain property described as a
4,353 sq. ft. tract of land, more or less, out of that former section of
Buena Vista Avenue located east of Block 1006, Eastern Division, west of Block
1070, Eastern Division and south of South Meadow Avenue and north of
Boulanger Avenue to Daniel Vargas and wife Mayela M. Vargas; said tract being
situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas being
generally described on attached Exhibit “A”; and providing for an effective
READING OF ORDINANCES
2004-O-185Amending 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
2004-O-186Amending 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 WebbCounty 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.
2004-O-187Authorizing 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.
2004-O-188Establishing 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 severability and for an effective date and publication.(As
2004-O-189Amending 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, WebbCounty, JimHoggCounty,
and Regional Programming.Said budget amendment is for the period beginning
September 1, 2004 through August 31, 2005.
17.2004-R-080Accepting the donation of
one utility easement from Magdaleno Gutierrez for the Pueblo Nuevo
subdivision easement acquisition project. This being a 0.0275 of an acre,
more or less, parcel of land which is out of lot 4, block 11, Pueblo Nuevo
subdivision, described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A
18.2004-R-081Accepting the donation of
one utility easement from Mario Coronado, Jr., and Juanita H. Coronado for
the extension of utility services lines to the San Carlos subdivision, phase II.
This being a strip of land 10.00 feet in width, containing 1,136.00 square
feet or 0.026 of an acre, more or less, and being situated in porcion 32,
abstract 296, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and described by metes and
bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B.
the appointment of representatives from the City of Laredo to serve on the Board of Directors of the
South Texas Development Council for the period from October
1, 2004 to September
and participating in the South Texas Development Council; and authorizing
payment of $40,212.80 for City’s membership assessment for the period
covering October 1, 2004
to September 30, 2005.
the City Manager to enter into and execute an interlocal government agreement
between the City of Laredo and UnitedIndependentSchool District for the participation of the City of
Laredo Police Department in the School Resource Officer Program. The Laredo
Police Department will provide fourteen (14) officers that will be assigned
to various middle and high schools, and UnitedIndependentSchool District will reimburse the City of Laredo up to one hundred thirty-four thousand,
five hundred fifty-eight dollars ($134,558.00) for the 2004-2005 school year.
the setting of regular
City Council meeting dates through March 2005 as follows: September
27, 2004, October 11, 2004, October 25, 2004, November 15, 2004, December 6,
2004, December 20, 2004, January 10, 2005, January 24, 2005, February 7,
2005, February 22, 2005, March 7, 2005, and March 29, 2005.Tuesday,
September 7, 2004, was previously approved by City Council on August 2, 2004.
23.Authorizing the use of District VI
discretionary funds in an estimated amount of $6,750.00 to place a guard rail
on Shiloh Road
approximately half a block south of International
24.Authorizing the City Manager to execute a
contract with the Law Offices of William M. McKamie, P.C., for legal
services related to Cause No. 2004-CVQ-000609-D3, Jose A. Guerra v. First
Transit, Inc. f/k/a Laredo Metro Inc. d/b/a El Metro and Laredo Transit Management,
Inc., and City of Laredo, Texas. The contract is for legal
fees, plus costs and expenses, for a maximum of $20,000.00 for this contract.
25.Approval of the first renewal of a possible
three for a lease agreement between the City of Laredo and Entravision
Communications Company, L.L.C. for the use of a 1,225 square foot parcel of vega
land lying South of Water Street and West of Santa Maria (adjoining the
Riverdrive Mall Shopping Center) for the operation of a 352-foot high
self-supporting type communication tower for use in connection with its
communications business, as per section 2.Current revenue is $8,394.98 per year and will be adjusted as per the
consumer price index each subsequent year.Terms and Renewals. Term of renewal is five (5) years commencing November 13, 2004 and ending November 12, 2009.
26.Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City
of Laredo’s HOME Investment Policy and Procedures Manual to reflect local
programmatic changes designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness
through which local affordable housing assistance is provided to families and
individuals of very low, low, and low and moderate income and to incorporate
reference pertaining to HUD’s Integrated
Disbursement and Information System and newly created American Dream
27.Consideration for approval of change order no.
1 a decrease of $76,197.00 to delete Building # 132 due to excessive water
damage, acceptance of the Laredo International Airport
Buildings #142, #182, #1054, and #1307 Roof Replacement Project, and approval
of final payment in the amount of $11,247.98 to Zertuche Construction,
Laredo, Texas. Final contract amount is $224,959.58. Funding is available in
the Airport Fund – TML Storm/Wind Damages.
28.Amending the contract to Turner Collie &
Braden, Inc., Pharr, Texas,
for $50,000.00 for water and $40,000.00 for wastewater to include Project
Management Services and an extension of time for 365 calendar days for the
City of Laredo Colonias TWDB-EDAP Project
funded by the Texas Water Development Board.The funding has already been authorized by City Council through the
General Agreement between the City and the TWDB.
29.Consideration for approval to reject the sole
bid submitted by Price Construction, Big Spring, Texas, for the Santa Clara
24” sanitary sewer line, due to bid amount being in excess of allocated
budget, and to authorize staff to revise the scope of work and re-bid the
30.Authorizing the City Manager to sell the
excess capacity from the over sized Colonias sewer line in the form of Living
Unit Equivalency (LUEs). The provisions for sewer are made available through
the over sizing of the wastewater line extensions for the Colonias Project on
SH 359 and the Texas Mexican Rail Road right of way. The monies collected
from the sale of the LUE’s will be transferred back into the Colonias Fund to
cover additional expenses in the project.
31.Amending the contract to Ferris and Flinn Engineering
of Harlingen, Texas,
in the amount of $201,340.00 due to a new scope on the contract for the
implementation of a Geographic Information System (GIS) in the Utilities
Department mapping system. This project consists of creating an electronic
mapping system that includes a complete inventory of the water and wastewater
infrastructure. Funding is available in the Sewer Construction Impact Fees
Account and 1997 Water Bond Impact Fees Account.
32.Consideration to award contract FY04-069
awarded to Nick Benavides, Laredo, Texas,
in the annual amount of $72,168.00 for providing monthly mowing and
maintenance of the Zacate Creek areas. Super X Mowing Service, Laredo,
Texas, was awarded this contract on May 3, 2004; however, this contract
was canceled due to non compliance with our contract provisions and poor
performance. 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 Service Department budget.
33.Consideration to ratify and approve the action
taken by the City Manager to submit a grant proposal to the Texas Department
of Health in the amount of $30,000.00 for a “School Physical and Nutrition
Survey (SPAN) Project” of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period
beginning October 1, 2004, through September
authorize the purchase of nine thousand (9,000) garbage/refuse carts from Toter,
Inc., Statesville, NC, through the State of Texas – Building and Procurement
Commission (TBPC) contract number 450-A2 for two-wheel containers in the
total amount of $351,000.00.Funding
for these carts has been budgeted in the Solid Waste 2004 CO.
35.Consideration to award contract number
FY04-108 to low bidder, Pabco Industries, Inc., Newark,
NJ, in the amount of $69,720.00 for the
purchase of 1.5 million plastic bags for use in the City’s recycling program.
The bid pricing is 3% higher than the previous purchase amount. Funding is
available in the Solid Waste Fund.
36.Approval of the 2004
Appraisal Roll from the Webb County Appraisal District for the development of
our tax roll, acceptance of the Effective and Rollback Tax Rate calculations
for Tax Year 2004, and setting a public hearing date of September 7, 2004 for
the proposed tax rate of $0.638270/$100 value.
adjustments to the tax roll.The
amount to be adjusted for month of July 2004, represents an increase of
$34,424.85. These adjustments are determined by Webb County Appraisal
District and by court orders.
38.Refund of property tax
to the following taxpayers and companies:
1.A refund in the amount
of $562.70 payable to Vicenta Soliz due to an over payment. Account #
2.A refund in the amount
of $553.27 payable to Armando Arredondo Jr. due to a double payment. Account
3.A refund in the amount
of $600.85 payable to Nereyda Flores due to a double payment. Account #
4.A refund in the amount
of $790.21 payable to Oscar Moreno and Betty Bunn Moreno due to a double
payment for the years 1998, 1999, and 2000. Account # 922-10003-010.
5.A refund in the amount
of $700.25 payable to Oscar Moreno and Betty Bunn Moreno due to a double
payment for the years 1998, 1999, and 2000. Account # 922-10003-020.
6.A refund in the amount
of $1,063.69 payable to Yarco Trading Co. Inc. due to an over payment.Account # 942-80002-040.
7.A refund in the amount
of $1,295.21 payable to Armadillo Construction Co. Inc. due to an over
payment. Account # 801-01000-745.
39.Adopting a revised schedule of hearings and
proceedings for voluntary and unilateral annexations for calendar year 2004,
in accordance with Section 43.052 of the Texas Local Government Code.
the City Manager to negotiate
and execute an agreement with Green-Mines Ranch, Ltd., regarding the placement of two signs in City
of Laredo right-of-way as follows: one sign to be placed in the Verde Blvd.
right-of-way, located northwest of the intersection of Mines Road and Verde
Blvd., and another to be placed in the Peoples Blvd. right-of-way, located
northeast of the intersection of Verde Blvd. and Peoples Blvd.
41.Consideration to award
contract number FY04-112 to the low bidders, Traffic Parts, Inc., Spring, TX,
in the amount of $38,810.80; Consolidated Traffic Controls, Inc., Arlington,
TX, in the amount of $10,758.50; Control Technologies, Tomball, TX, in the
amount of $5,610.00; Signal Equipment Co., Shreveport, LA, in the amount of
$3,338.00; and GDI Communications, LLC, Alpharetta, GA, in the amount of
$1,800.00, for the purchase of traffic signal assemblies and related items. These
are for maintenance of existing traffic signal assemblies, upgrades and two
new traffic signal installations.Funding
is available in the Traffic Safety budget and capital improvement projects
42.Extending the existence
of the Traffic Calming Ad Hoc Committee to August 31, 2005.
A.Staff report by John Adams, Laredo Executive Development Director, regarding economic development activities
B.Presentation by Carlos G. Rodriguez and Melisa
Montemayor, Texas Department of Transportation, regarding
ongoing and future construction projects.
C.Update report on the status of the Colonias Project.
D.Presentation by Killis Almond and Associates
on an interim report regarding the
feasability study of a proposed Convention Center and CivicCenter facilities.
DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
Council Member Juan Ramirez
possible action regarding van accessible parking in downtown.
possible action regarding traffic issues in nearby neighborhoods caused by students
3.Status report on SevenFlagsPark.
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 MASS TRANSIT BOARD
exercise the renewal contract option for one additional year for contract
(FY02-109), air condition service agreement for bus and van fleet air-conditioning
service for Laredo Transit Management, Inc.; Andy’s Auto Air & Supply,
Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $24,000.00; and Thermo King, Laredo,
Texas, in the estimated amount of $10,000.00.Funding is available in the Laredo Transit Management, Inc., budget.
46.Authorizing the City
Manager to apply for State Public Transportation funds in the amount of
$729,717.00 with the Texas Department of Transportation which is authorized
to distribute state funds for transit capital and operating assistance in
urbanized areas under 200,000 in population.
XVI.ADJOURN AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD 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 Wednesday, August 11, 2004 at