CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2004-R-018

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

September 27, 2004

5:30 P.M.

 

DISABILITY ACCESS STATEMENT

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 I.         CALL TO ORDER

 

II.         PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

III.        ROLL CALL

 

IV.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

a.      Recognition of Wells Fargo Bank, Texas, N.A. as a Gold Sponsor of the Miss Texas USA Pageant.

Communiqués

 

V.          APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

           

a.        

  

VI.        PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 7, Block 8, Santa Rita Subdivision, Unit XI, located at 302 Lope de Vega Drive, from R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date. The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change.

 

2.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 34.4753 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A,” located south of Santander Drive and west of Cuenca Drive, from R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date. The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change.

 

3.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 4.21 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A,” located south of Don Camilio Boulevard, from R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area Residential 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 rezoning 3.0 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A,” located west of Cuenca Drive, from R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date. The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

5.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 339, Western Division, located at 1919 Garza Street, from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date. The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change.

 

6.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning the north 92.88 feet of Lot 1 and the north 92.88 feet of the west 22.8 feet of Lot 2, Block 340, Eastern Division, located approximately at 701 Kearney Street, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to R-O (Residential/Office District); providing for publication and effective date. The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

7.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 8.12 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A.” located approximately south of Del Mar Boulevard, 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.

 

8.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 6.34 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit  “A,” located south of Del Mar Boulevard, from R-1 (Single-Family 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.

 

9.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a detention facility on 150 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A,” located north of Rio Bravo on Hwy 83; providing for publication and effective date. The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

10.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 15 and 16, Block 2132, Eastern Division, located at 604 South Meadow 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.

 

11.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1-20, Block 22 and those portions of Lots 1-15, Block 23 and Lot 21, Block 22, Santa Fe Subdivision, Unit IX, located south of Santa Martha Boulevard and east of Organo Boulevard, from AG (Agricultural District) to R-1MH (Single-Family Manufacturing Housing District); providing for publication and effective date. The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

12.      Second Public hearing and introductory ordinance granting to Proviron, Inc., and its successors, or assigns, the easements, rights, privileges, and franchise to construct, lay, maintain, and operate pipelines and gas mains in, under, over, across, and along present and future streets, alleys, public thoroughfares and public grounds of the City of Laredo, and to use said properties for the purpose of transporting, distributing, and selling gas (natural, artificial or mixed) for all purposes for which gas is or may be used by the City and its inhabitants, and to any other person or persons; providing for the manner of acceptance of this franchise by Proviron, Inc., of the rights and privileges granted by this franchise; further fixing and  ordering rates to be charged by Proviron, Inc. to residential and commercial customers; providing for publication and effective date.  

 

13.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance establishing Keep Laredo Beautiful, a non-profit organization, and approving the articles of incorporation and bylaws thereof.

 

14.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo 2003 – 2004 fiscal year budget for the 2003 Certificate of Obligation Fund by transferring $58,000.00 from the Fire Training Facility Fund and appropriating $58,000.00 for the awarding of the construction contract for the Cielito Lindo Fire Station, and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.   

 

15.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $134,342.00 in funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services and $19,332.00 in Program Income for the La Familia Health Care Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2004, through August 31, 2005.

 

16.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $81,751.00 in funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services for the Family Planning Services of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2004, through August 31, 2005, and amend the City of Laredo’s FTEs. 

 

17.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $413,077.00 from the Texas Department of State Health Services for the Public Health Preparedness and Epidemiology Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2004, through August 31, 2005. 

 

18.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept a supplemental overtime award from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the amount of $4,000.00 and amend the FY 2003 – 2004 City of Laredo Budget by $4,000.00.  The purpose is to reimburse cost for overtime incurred by the Laredo Police Department in providing resources of OCDETF (Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces).  The term of this agreement is from October 1, 2003 through September 30, 2004.

 

19.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by increasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $85,916.00 in additional funds, totaling $171,683.00 from the Texas Department of State Health Services for the Immunization Action Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the grant period of January 1, 2004 through December 31, 2004.

 

20.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $205,860.00 from the Texas Department of State Health Services (formerly Texas Department of Health) and $9,530.00 in Program Income for the Tuberculosis Elimination Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2004, through August 31, 2005.

 

21.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $21,657.00 in funds from Texas Department of State Health Services for the Laredo Obesity Prevention and Control Program (LOPAC) of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2004, through August 31, 2005.

 

22.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount $347,956.00 in funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services and $43,345.00 in Program Income for the Maternal and Child Health (MCH-Title V) Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2004, through August 31, 2005, and amending the City of Laredo’s FY 2003-2004 FTE’s.

 

23.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 32, “Vehicles for Hire” ”, Article II; Taxicabs, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo: specifically Sections 32-20 transfer of operating authority,  Section 32-22 initial applications for annual permit, Section 32-23 inspection of initial applications, Section 32-29 suspension & revocation, Section 32-33 substitute or replace taxicabs, Section 32-35 application, Section 32-36 investigation, Section 32-37 term & renewal, Section  32-42 driver lists to be maintained and Section 32-71 taximeters required, providing severability and for an effective date and publication.

         

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

 

 

 

 

VII.      INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

24.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with United Exports Trading Association (U.E.T.A.) of Texas, Inc., for approximately 2,656.25 square feet comprised of all of Lot Numbers NINE-B (9B), EIGHT-B (8B), SEVEN-B (7B), and the West 45.82 feet of Lot Number SIX-B (West 45.82 of 6B) in Block TWENTY-TWO (22), in the Western Division of the City of Laredo.

1.      Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on June 18, 2004 and ending May 31, 2005.

2.      Monthly rent will be $3,000.00.

3.      City of Laredo may terminate this lease within ninety (90) days written notice.

 

25.      Closing as public easement that section of Garfield Street between Bartlett and Jarvis Avenues situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas, and providing for an effective date.

 

VIII.           FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

26.       

2004-O-205           Amending the City of Laredo’s Subdivision Ordinance, Appendix B of the Code of Ordinances, Chapter II, Section 2-3.2, entitled Subdivision Plat Submittal Requirements, by requiring a Conditional Letter of Map Revision (CLOMR) for final plats located within areas of special flood hazard, Section 2-3.7, entitled Plat Recordation, by requiring plats recorded in areas of special flood hazard to illustrate existing and proposed floodplain lines, and Section 2-4, entitled Performance Bonds, by including security in lieu of construction for properties within the floodplain where a map revision is proposed; providing for publication and effective date.

 

2004-O-207           Amending the City of Laredo’s FY 2003-2004 General Fund Annual Budget to appropriate revenues and expenditures in the amount of $100,000.00 for attorney fees paid to De Anda Law Firm. Expenditures will only be incurred and disbursed if the revenue is collected by the Tax Department.

 

2004-O-208           Authorizing the City Manager to accept $33,000.00 in contributions and amending the City of Laredo FY 2003 - 2004 Convention & Visitor’s Bureau Annual Budget by appropriating revenues of $33,000.00 in the form of a Miss Texas USA Gold Sponsorship from Wells Fargo Bank in the amount of $30,000.00 and a Miss Texas USA General Sponsorship contribution from H.E.B. in the amount of $3,000.00, and appropriating expenditures in the amount of $33,000.00 for Miss Texas USA expenses.

 

2004-O-209           Authorizing the City Manager to execute a budget amendment to amend the Transit Systems operating budget by decreasing the State operating grant contribution, State Project No. 51422F7053, for FY 2003-2004 from $1,000,000.00 to $783,869.00, and increasing the sales tax match for operating expenses from $3,923,492.00 to $4,139,623.00 and providing for grant funds to be deposited in the City of Laredo Transit Fund.

 

2004-O-210           Amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 Annual Budget in the Capital Improvements Funds by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $40,000.00, which are being donated by Paul Young Properties, LTD., in order to fund the installation and activation of a traffic signal on U.S. Hwy. 59 at Casa Blanca Road and the entrance to Paul Young Auto Mall and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.  Total contribution from Paul Young Properties, LTD., for this project is $120,000.00.

 

2004-O-211           Amending the City of Laredo FY 2003 – 2004 Airport Construction Budget and Airport Operations Budget to recognize additional revenues received from the Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program for Grant Project No. 3-48-0136-42-04 in the amount of $5,449,747.00 for the purpose of rehabilitating Taxiways and for rehabilitating a portion of the west side apron at the Laredo International Airport and to recognize the local match of $286,829.00 from the Airport Operations, by which the transfer out and revenues will be appropriated on the Airport Operations Fund as a result of additional land sale revenues. Authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment; providing for an effective date. 

 

2004-O-212           Amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $25,000.00 in funds ($21,000.00 in grant funds and $4,000.00 in-kind) from the US-Mexico Border Health Commission in coordination with the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) for the Border Binational Health Week of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning August 17, 2004, through November 30, 2004.

 

2004-O-213        Amending the FY 2003-2004 Annual Budget for the South Texas Regional 911 System Fund by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $14,977.00.  The Commission on State Emergency Communication provided a subsequent allocation to the South Texas Region.  The City of Laredo as Administrator designated the use of those funds for installing Mapped ALI at the Webb County Sheriff’s Office Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP).

 

2004-O-214           Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances as follows: Chapter 2, Article II, Division 6 (Pay Administration), Section 2-87.7 (12)(a), providing for a cost of living adjustment increase of 2.3%, except as otherwise stated in any collective bargaining agreement; providing for an effective date of September 26, 2004.

 

2004-O-215           Adopting a new health rate structure by increasing all medical contribution amounts by five percent (5%) for the City of Laredo and for all persons covered under the City of Laredo’s Medical Plan unless otherwise provided in a collective bargaining agreement and providing for an effective date of October 1, 2004.

 

2004-O-216           Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2003 - 2004 Health and Benefits Fund Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $1,200,000.00 respectively. The revenues are from insurance reimbursement from Stop Loss Carrier for medical claims paid by the city in excess of $100,000.00.  The expenditure line item for medical claims will be increased by the same amount.

 

2004-O-217           Adoption of  the Annual Budget for Fiscal Year 2004-2005; appropriating the estimated revenues, expenditures and balances reported therein for the year beginning October 1, 2004 and ending September 30, 2005, consistent with the financial plan described in said Annual Budget; and authorizing the City Manager to implement said Annual Budget. 

         

2004-O-218           Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Webb County for approximately 2,378 square feet constituting Building No. 1228 located at 4704 Naranjo Street at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on August 1, 2004 and ending July 31, 2005 and may be extended for one (1) year ending July 31, 2006.  However, it is agreed by the parties that lease may be terminated by either party during the primary or extension term of this lease upon giving a ninety (90) written notice from the party terminating to the other.  Monthly rent shall be $1,725.00 and will be adjusted annually during the primary and extension term of this lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI); providing for an effective date. 

 

2004-O-219           Closing as a public easement a tract of land containing 0.04 acres (1,853 sq. ft.) more or less, out of the 2900 block of Stone Avenue between Frost and Lyon Streets being adjacent to the East Boundary line of Lot 4, Block 678, Eastern Division of the City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, said parcel of land is being encroached upon by the improvements of the abutting property as described on attached “Exhibit A” and authorizing the sale of the “Surface Only” of said parcel of land at the market value of $4,633.00 and authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey fee simple title to Carlos E. Ramirez and providing for publication and effective date.

 

2004-O-220           Designating as a one-way westbound the 700 Block of Eistetter Street, between Logan Avenue and Ryan Street, and as a one-way southbound the 4200 Block of Logan Avenue, between Ryan Street and Eistetter Street, to be effective during the peak hours of 7:00 A.M. to 8:30 A.M. and 2:30 P.M. to 4:30 P.M., Monday thru Friday, during school days, providing for the installation of appropriate signs to indicate one-way traffic in the designated direction and the specified hours and providing for publication and effective date.

 

2004-O-221           Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement between the City of Laredo, as Lessor and Clemente M. Bedia, as Lessee for approximately 624.77 sq. ft. of building space to be used as a Woman, Infant and Children (W.I.C.) Food Store at the area commonly known as 2300 Saltillo, part of the Mario Tijerina Park site, for a term of one year at a monthly rental rate of $360.00 per month.

 

2004-O-222           Authorizing the City Manager to execute a cattle grazing lease agreement with A/C Cattle Co., Laredo, Texas, for approximately 220 acres of underdeveloped land located in Northwest Laredo in the Pinto Valle Area, next to the International Fire Training / Public Safety facility for cattle grazing. Lease term is for three (3) years commencing on October 1, 2004 and ending September 30, 2007, and may be extended for two (2) one year terms; the annual rent shall be $1,320.00; providing for an effective date.

 

2004-O-223           Amending the City of Laredo FY 2003-2004 Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $35,000.00 from the Texas Department of State Health Services (formerly Texas Department of Health) for the Office of Border Health: Buena Vida Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2004 through August 31, 2005. 

 

2004-O-224           Providing for the adoption of a tax rate of $0.637000 per $100.00 value with a Maintenance and Operation rate of $0.508677 per $100.00 value and an Interest and Sinking fund rate of $0.128323 per $100.00 value and for the levy and the collection of General and Special Ad Valorem Taxes for the City of Laredo for the Tax Year 2004 and the Fiscal Year 2004 - 2005.

 

2004-O-225           Closing as public easements those sections of Arkansas Avenue between Napoleon and Boulanger Streets; and Bismark Street between Louisiana and New York Avenues both situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and providing for an effective date.

 

2004-O-226           Authorizing the City Manager to convey to Laredo Independent School District (1) Blocks 972 & 989, Western Division, & Blocks 301, 1399, 1503, 810, 1728, 302, 1400, 801, 1622, & 1504, Eastern Division and (2) the following closed streets: (a) Seymour Avenue between Green Street & Mercer Street; (b) Loring Avenue between Green Street & Mercer Street; (c) Milmo Avenue between Clark Street & Musser Street; (d) Gustavus Street between Martin Avenue & Texas Avenue; (e) Maryland Avenue between Clark Boulevard & O’Kane Street; & (f) Arkansas Avenue between Bismark Street & Napoleon Street; & providing for effective date.   (As Amended)

 

 

IX.               RESOLUTIONS

 

27.      2004-R-093 Authorizing the City Manager to submit and to accept, if offered, a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation under the Routine Airport Maintenance Program in the amount of $30,000.00 for the purpose of airside and landside maintenance at the Laredo International Airport. The grant, if offered, will occur after October 1, 2004; therefore, the City’s fifty (50%) percent local match for this project in the amount of $30,000.00 would be available in the Airport Construction Fund under the 2004 – 2005 Fiscal Year Routine Airport Maintenance account.

 

28.      2004-R-094 Authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute the FY 2005 Section 5307 Urban Transportation Grant Agreement No. URB 0501(22), State Project No. 51522F7053 from the Texas Department of Transportation in the total amount of $729,717.00; and providing for grant / contract funds to be deposited in the City of Laredo Transit Fund Account.

 

29.      2004-R-095 Accepting the donation of one utility easement from Trinidad Ramirez, Victor Luis Ramirez, David Rene Ramirez, Veronica Martha Ramirez, Richard Hill, and Manuel Enrique Ramirez, for the extension of utility services lines to the Laredo Ranchettes Subdivision. This being a strip of land 30.00 feet in width, containing 22,721.24 square feet of 0.522 of an acre, more or less, and being situated in porcion 32, abstract 296, Webb County, Texas, and described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B.

 

30.      2004-R-096  Authorizing the City Manager to accept (9) video cameras, for official police use, being awarded from the Texas Department of Public Safety through Senate Bill 1074/Articles 2.131 et seq. of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.

 

31.      2004-R-097 Authorizing the City Manager to execute the renewal of a clinical affiliation agreement between the City of Laredo Fire Department and Laredo Medical Center. Laredo Fire Department provides its emergency medical technicians and paramedic students with clinical training available at the Laredo Medical Center.

 

32.      2004-O-101  Approving a basic cable tier channel realignment proposed by Time Warner Cable, the City of Laredo’s only non-exclusive franchise holder, specifically those channels operated by the City of Laredo Public Access Channel; Education Access, Channel 55 will change to Channel 17 and Channel 8 will change to Channel 18.

 

 

 

 

X.                 MOTIONS

 

33.      Motion for City Council to vote and to instruct the City Manager to submit Council’s ballot for the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool Board of Trustees election.

 

34.      Rejecting the bid submitted by Merchants Holding Co. for an approximately 53.0548-acre tract of non-aeronautical use land located along the east side of Bob Bullock Loop across from the Airport Passenger Terminal at the Laredo International Airport and authorizing the City Manager to negotiate a lease with the Merchants Holding Co. for an approximate 88.6748-acre tract.

 

35.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute an extension to the Maintenance Service Agreement Contract between the City of Laredo and TransCore for the hardware and software maintenance of the Bridge System Toll equipment. This Maintenance Agreement extension will be for three (3) years starting the first day of October 2004 and will not exceed $291,500.00 per year for the first two (2) years and $320,000.00 for the third (3) and final year. The City of Laredo will have an option to renew for an additional two (2) years subject to satisfactory performance evaluations of TransCore’s services to the City and for an amount not to exceed $320,000.00 per each additional year subject to future appropriations.

 

36.      Consideration for approval of amendment no. 2 to authorize up to an additional $106,251.20 to the existing professional services contract with Cutler-Gallaway Services, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, for the Los Obispos Affordable Housing Project to assess cosmetic repair scope at 50 dwellings and prepare bid documents, and also to provide construction administration services for foundation repairs and cosmetic repairs. Funding is available in the Los Obispos Housing Project – Capital Improvement Fund.

 

37.      Consideration for approval of amendment no. 2 an increase of $99,994.00 to the engineering contract with Freese and Nichols, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, for the reconstruction of taxiways “A”, “D”, & “G” for the Laredo International Airport. This amendment is for planned improvements on taxiways “D” & “B” to provide the re-packaging of existing documents to advertise these two taxiways for construction and to provide resident project representation (inspection services) during construction. Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund FAA Grant No. 42 – Project Engineer Fees.

 

38.      Consideration for approval to award a design/build contract to Matrix Security Systems, Dayton, Ohio, in the amount not to exceed $308,149.00 for the Laredo International Airport Security Related Improvements Project.  The scope of work consists of installing Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras at the passenger terminal, install video monitors, upgrading access door controls and installing new ID equipment. Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund FAA Grant No. 34 and from Development and Improvement/ Land Proceeds.

 

39.      Consideration of an award of contract to the sole bidder, Zertuche Construction, LLC, Laredo, Texas, in the amount not to exceed $137,000.00 for building improvements to create the “Health Department WIC Healthy Learning Center” at the City of Laredo Health Department Complex located at 2600 Cedar Avenue. Funding for this project has been allocated in the Health Department’s WIC Program budget.

 

40.      Authorizing the City Manager to retain the services of Lara Sumano, Patiño y Asociados, S.C., Col. Juarez, Mexico, D.F. in the amount of $3,500.00 monthly plus travel and other out of pocket expenses for professional consulting services related to Mexican international border crossing issues.  Funding is available in the Bridge Fund, Fifth Bridge Account.

 

41.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of replacement Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) equipment through Houston Galveston Area Council of Government (HGAC) contract in the total amount of $391,759.23. The existing equipment will be replaced at the following sites: Jim Hogg County Sheriff’s Office, Rio Grande City Police Department, City of Roma Police Department, Starr County Sheriff’s Office, Webb County Sheriff’s Office and Zapata County Sheriff’s Office. Funding is available in the 9-1-1 Regional Fund.

 

42.      Consideration to exercise the renewal option for one additional year for contract (FY 03-099) awarded to Firestone Store, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $73,414.00, for the purchase of police pursuit and passenger car tires. All tires are purchased on an as needed basis. Funding is available in the Fleet Fund.

 

43.      Authorizing the City Manager to write-off various accounts receivable that are deemed to be un-collectible by the City’s audit firm of Garza, Martinez & Co. as per their letter to Management. The total amount of the write-off is $2,998,884.94; a summary by account type is available for review. The financial impact to the City will be an expenditure of $25,405.75 for the fiscal year.

 

44.      Award of a Professional Service Contract to Garza, Martinez, & Co., Certified Public Accountants for a period of two (2) years in the amount not to exceed $72,000.00 for each fiscal year in order to provide audit services for fiscal year ending September 30, 2004 and for fiscal year ending September 30, 2005. Audit fees will be allocated to the professional services line item among the different funds to be audited.  This contract is subject to future budget appropriations; audit fees will be allocated to the professional services line item among the different funds to be audited.

 

45.      Award of a two-year Professional Service Contract to Wells Fargo Bank Texas, N.A. for banking services to be provided to the City of Laredo for Fiscal Years 2005 and 2006 at an estimated amount of $127,078.34 per year. This contract is subject to future budget appropriations; banking services fees will be allocated to the respective user departments.

 

46.      Consideration to reimburse Webb and Zapata counties for the purpose of enforcing public safety in the City of Laredo and in those regions in the amount of $132,826.32. The services rendered are for the months of June through August 2004. Funding is available in the General Fund’s Other Financing Uses.  

 

47.      Consideration to award a contract to LDV Inc., Burlington, WI., in the amount of $196,961.00 for the purchase of one (1) explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) communication vehicle for the Police Department. This vehicle is being purchased through the State of Texas – TXMAS program. Funding is available from a Homeland Security Grant.

 

48.      Consideration for approval to award an engineering contract to Santa Rita Consultants, Dallas, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $89,650.00 for the development of a two way radio communication system for the City of Laredo.  Funding for this contract is available in the Police Trust Fund budget.

 

49.      Consideration to award contract number FY04-122, to low bidder, Envirosolve, L.L.C., Tulsa, OK., in the estimated amount of $34,858.00, for conducting two Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection events and one Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG) collection event. Funding is available in the Environmental Services Department budget.

 

50.      Authorizing the City Manager to sign an interlocal agreement with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District for the proposed feasibility study of Chacon Creek.  The primary objectives of the study are to:

1.      Determine whether the water resource related problems, needs and opportunities within the study area warrant federal participation in the construction of a solution;

2.      Define the federal interest, consistent with Corp policies, costs, benefits and environmental impacts;

3.      Assess the level of interest and support from non-federal entities in cost sharing for the feasibility phase and project construction.

The total cost of the study for next (3) three years will be $1,880,000.00 with a 50% match from the City. Funding is available in the Environmental Services Department budget.

 

51.      Consideration to award contract FY04-126 to Security Wave, Laredo, TX, the vendor providing the most advantageous proposal, for the purchase and installation of fourteen (14), vehicle global positioning systems (GPS) on fourteen (14), rear loader refuse trucks in the amount of $32,000.00 plus the annual monitoring fee of $5,023.20.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste fund.  

52.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of twenty four thousand eight hundred forty (24,840) 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 $958,685.40.  Funding for these carts has been budgeted in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

53.      Approving monthly adjustments to the tax roll. The amount to be adjusted for the month of August 2004 represents an increase of $27,479.88. These adjustments are determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

54.      Refund of property tax in the amount of $16,115.57 to the following taxpayers and companies:

1.        A refund in the amount of $914.57 payable to Juan Fernando Ruiz & Nora P. Ruiz due to a double payment. Account # 980-40002-110.

2.        A refund in the amount of $706.06 payable to Laredo National Bank due to a double payment. Account # 909-00016-425.

3.        A refund in the amount of $582.26 payable to Gloria Hernandez due to a double payment.  Account # 968-90012-060.

4.        A refund in the amount of $1,004.50 payable to Kim Mun Ja due to a double payment. Account # 970-50001-250.

5.        A refund in the amount of $613.01 payable to Juan A. Bueno due to a double payment. Account # 905-00711-040.

6.        A refund in the amount of $689.18 payable to Gloria Perez Saavedra due to a double payment. Account # 980-60003-250.

7.        A refund in the amount of $526.88 payable to Jose M. Elizarde due to a double payment. Account # 969-00005-120.

8.        A refund in the amount of $524.96 payable to Gilberto De Alba Jr. & Griselda R. De Alba due to  a double payment.  Account # 981-20040-110.

9.        A refund in the amount of $2,654.40 payable to Eduardo Diaz Realty Inc. due to a double payment. Account # 972-90009-090.

10.    A refund in the amount of $1,255.60 payable to Wells Fargo Home Mortgage due to a double payment. Account # 965-00002-004.

11.    A refund in the amount of $605.95 payable Adelita F. Garza due to a double payment. Account # 985-60009-060.

12.    A refund in the amount of $755.99 payable to County Wide Home Loans due to a double payment. Account # 980-90005-110.

13.    A refund in the amount of $581.37 payable to Jaime R. Perez and Leticia H. Perez due to a double payment. Account # 969-00001-080.

14.    A refund in the amount of $527.00 payable to Roberto L. Garcia & Marylyn Delarosa Garcia due to an overpayment. Account # 939-00001-220.

15.    A refund in the amount of $600.27 payable to Roberto Martinez Gomez & Alicia Gomez due to an overpayment. Account # 965-30005-015.

16.    A refund in the amount of $519.77 payable to Willis E. Gentry due to an overpayment. Account # 440-00839-010.

17.    A refund in the amount of $986.53 payable to Border Title Group due to a double payment. Account # 945-00901-100.

18.    A refund in the amount of $659.00 payable to Sergio Frias due to an overpayment. Account # 973-60019-090.

19.    A refund in the amount of $555.61 payable to George L. Guerra & Laura M. Guerra due to a double payment. Account # 986-00002-220.

20.    A refund in the amount of $852.66 payable to Peña & Peña Transportes due to a double payment. Account # 909-00051-950.

 

55.      Consideration to award contract number FY 04-116, to the low bidder, Global Data Systems, Austin, TX, in the annual amount of $80,594.01, for providing an annual maintenance contract for the city’s institutional network (I-Net) switching equipment. Funding is available through the respective user departmental budgets.

 

56.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of thermoplastic material for traffic signal projects from Flint Trading Inc., Thomasville, NC, through the State of Texas Term Contract Number 550-A1 for pavement markings, beads, and reflectors in the total amount of $26,562.00.  Funding for these materials has been budgeted in the Capital Improvement Fund – Traffic Signal Projects and the Traffic Signal Projects and the Traffic Safety Department’s budget.

 

XI.               STAFF REPORTS

 

57.       

A.       Presentation by Eddie Zavala, City of Laredo 250th Anniversary Celebration Coordinator, on the celebration’s proposed calendar of events, with possible action.

 

B.       Status report by Mr. Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, on the Santa Ursula Avenue connector, with possible action.  

 

C.       Presentation on the proposed feasibility study of Chacon Creek by Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District.

 

D.       Staff report by Daniel E. Migura, Administrative Services Department Director, regarding salary and benefits provisions for Municipal employees called to active Military duty with possible action.

 

E.       Final Report on 2004 Miss Texas USA Pageant by Mr. Nick M. Reyna, Convention & Visitor’s Bureau Director.

           

XII.             GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

58.       

A.       Request by Council Member Hector J. Garcia

1.        Discussion with possible action regarding working with Webb County to upgrade the park at Larga Vista.   

           

B.       Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

1.      Discussion with possible action to correct the flooding caused by the culvert at the end of Muller Road at the creek.

 

C.      Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

1.      Discussion with possible action regarding extending benefits to City of Laredo employees currently serving on active duty.

(Co-sponsored by Cm. Jose A. Valdez)

2.      Discussion with possible action regarding the installation of a traffic light at San Isidro Street and McPherson Avenue.

3.      Discussion with possible action requiring TXDot adherence to our storm and flood plain water ordinances.

 

D.      Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

1.        Discussion with possible action regarding moving the loading zone located on the north side of the 1300 block of Zaragoza in closer proximity to Salinas Avenue.

2.        Reconsider the motion approved at the Council Meeting of September 7, 2004 regarding the change of traffic on Grant Street around the San Agustin Plaza.

3.        Discussion with possible action regarding having Police Officers stationed on Bridge I and Bridge II, and report on the incident on Bridge II.

 

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.

 

59.      Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071 (1)(B) to consult with Attorney representing the City of Laredo and consider a settlement offer regarding pending litigation: Cause No. 2003-CVQ-001579-D2 City of Laredo vs Olissis, Inc., et al in the 111th Judicial District Court of Webb County, Texas and return to open session for possible action.  

 

XIV.         RECESS AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING CORPORTATION

 

60.      Consideration to authorize change order number 1, an increase in the amount of $3,500.00 for demolition project FY04-083 awarded to Laredo Environmental Services Inc. The original contract amount, authorized by the City Manager was for $22,500.00 however additional work was needed to complete the project. The project total is now $26,000.00. Funding is available in the Noise Abatement Lease Program budget.

 

XV.           ADJOURN AS THE LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING CORPORATION AND RECONVENE AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL

 

XVI.         RECESS AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

 

61.      Motion to waive the bus fare collection during Communities in Motion Day on October 7, 2004. This action will give El Metro an opportunity to attract new customers and educate our community on the importance of public transportation. The estimated revenue loss is $7,500.00.

 

62.      Consideration to award a comprehensive operational analysis study to First Transit in an amount not to exceed $100,000.00. Funding is available in Grant TX-90-X438.

           

XVII.       ADJOURN AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD AND RECONVENE AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL.

 

XVIII.     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 Wednesday, September 22, 2004 at 7:30 p.m.

                                                                       

 

 

                                                                         Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                 City Secretary