CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2004-R-020

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

October 25, 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.       MINUTES

 

Approval of the minutes of August 16, 2004, September 1, 2004 and September 20, 2004.

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

a.       

Communiqués

a.      Presentation by Brendan Townsend regarding the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

            a.

 

VII.             PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.           Individual Public Hearings for the voluntary annexations of eight (8) tracts of land (Tract 1: Carranco Tract  - 1351.37 acres, more or less; Tract 2: E.G. Ranch I Tract – 140 acres, more or less; Tract 3: E.G. Ranch II Tract – 47.85 acres, more or less; Tract 4: Hurd I Tract – 31.82 acres, more or less; Tract 5: Hurd II Tract 21.89 acres, more or less; Tract 6: Transborder Tract – 27.59 acres, more or less; Tract 7: Treviño Tract – 4.51 acres, more or less; Tract 8: Wormser Ranch III Tract – 200 acres, more or less), for a total of 1825.03 acres, more or less, as described in attached tract summaries as required by Section 43.063 of the Texas Local Government Code.

 

2.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Laredo Land Development Code, Chapter 24, Appendix B-3, entitled Zoning Fees, by amending the fees required of both Special and Conditional Use Permit requests; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed ordinance amendment.

 

3.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a drive-thru restaurant and additional signage on Lot 5A, Block 819, Eastern Division, located approximately at 1020 North Meadow Avenue; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed Conditional Use Permit.

 

4.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a bus parking lot on Lots 1 and 2, Block 766, Western Division, located at 2802 and 2804 San Bernardo Avenue; providing for publication and effective date. The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed Conditional Use Permit.

 

5.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 7.29  acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located approximately south of Highway 359 and east of Las Misiones, Unit I, 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.

 

6.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 2.67 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, approximately west of Highway 83 and south of Masterson Road, 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 change. 

 

7.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 0.53 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, approximately west of Highway 83 and south of Masterson Road, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial 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 3.17 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located approximately south of Masterson Road and east of Santa Fe Subdivision, from AG (Agricultural District) to R-1MH (Single Family Manufactured Housing District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change.

 

9.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Permit for a mini-storage warehouse on Lot 1, Block 8, Crownridge Subdivision, Phase I, located at 502 Shiloh Dr; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed Special Use Permit.

 

10.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 4.28 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located approximately south of Cielito Lindo Blvd. and west of St. David Lane, from R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area 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.

 

11.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 1.32 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located approximately west of St. David Lane and north of St. Luke Blvd., from R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area 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.

 

12.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of  Laredo by rezoning 2.50 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located approximately north of Cielito Lindo Blvd., from R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area 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.

 

13.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of  Laredo by rezoning 20.0 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located approximately west of Casa Verde Road, 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.

 

14.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 5.66 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located approximately east of the intersection of Piedmont St. and Allegheny St., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to RSM (Residential Suburban Multifamily District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.             

 

15.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 7.06 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at 5300 E. Saunders St., from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.      

 

16.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 5, 6, 7 and 8, Block 1216, Eastern Division, located at 2102 Chihuahua St., from R-O (Residential/Office 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.                    

 

17.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey ten (10) city-owned lots to the Metro Affordable Housing Corporation for a Lease-Purchase Program for residents of public housing. Said ten (10) lots being Lots 11,12,13,14,15,36,37,38,39 and 40, all being situated in the Los Obispos Subdivision, Unit 5, Block 3, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, being delineated on attached copy of City Plat, and providing for an effective date.                                                                              

 

18.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2004 – 2005 Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount not to exceed $70,000.00 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and $3,684.00 of in-kind contributions for the Environmental Health and Prevention Intervention Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning October 1, 2004 through August 31, 2005, and amending the FY 2004 – 2005 Full-Time Equivalent by one (1) position.

 

19.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2004 – 2005 Annual Budget by increasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $39,153.00 in additional funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services for a total grant in the amount of $208,446.00 for the Tuberculosis Prevention/Control Federal Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning January 1, 2004 through December 31, 2004.

 

20.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2004 – 2005 Annual Budget by decreasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $58,148.00 from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to reflect the actual grant amount of $35,157.00 for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Outreach Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2004 through April 30, 2005; and authorizing the City Manager to execute the contract.

 

21.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement between Texas Engineering Extension Service/ Emergency Services Training Institute (TEEX) and the City of Laredo Fire Department to define the responsibilities for both parties for the education/instructional activities to be offered to Firefighters, non Firefighter trainees and out-of-country first responders at the Laredo International Fire/Law Enforcement Training Center.

 

22.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with the Texas Forest Service to accept a grant in the amount of $25,000.00, with a 50 % local match for the hiring of a City Forester within the Parks and Recreation Department and amending the City of Laredo FY 2004 – 2005 General Fund Budget by appropriating revenues of $25,000.00 in the form of a grant from the Texas Forest Service and appropriating expenditures in the amount of $25,000.00. Local match of $25,000.00 will be appropriated from the Parks and Recreation Department Budget.

 

23.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Section 23-3 and Section 23-5 of Chapter 23 (Parks and Recreation) of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo to allow for rate changes in public swimming pool instructional fees, the addition of new recreation center membership fees, program fees and league fees; and amending the City of Laredo FY 2004 – 2005 General Fund Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $100,000.00 for the new summer program fees and annual membership fees; providing for publication and effective date.

 

24.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance ratifying the City Manager’s acceptance of a grant by the United States Environmental Protection Agency in the amount of $30,000.00 with the City designating $1,579.00 in matching funds for a total of $31,579.00 and amending the City of Laredo’s FY 2004-2005 Annual Budget for the NPDES Fund by appropriating the said grant revenue to the appropriate expenditure accounts.  The grant monies will be used to educate children, 3-5 years of age in Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Tamps., Mexico on environmental issues.  Matching funds are available in the NPDES fund.

 

            (Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

VIII.           INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

           

25.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract by and on behalf of the City of Laredo, Zone Grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone No. 94, and authorizing the City Manager to enter into an Operations Agreement with AZ Logistics, LLC, Zone Site Operator, to activate approximately 19,000 square feet of warehouse space and 4,500 square feet of yard area located at 1209 Uniroyal Dr., at Foreign-Trade Zone No. 94, Site 6, effective upon execution of this contract and ending on October 31, 2009. Providing activation, administration and transaction fees be paid to the city and providing for an effective date.

 

26.      An introductory ordinance appointing Edward F. Maddox as Associate Municipal Court Judge to a two (2) year term and reappointing Judge Juan B. Caballero to a new two (2) year term as per the requirement of the Charter of the City of Laredo, Article V, Section 5.02.

 

27.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with United Exports Trading Association (U.E.T.A.) of Texas, Inc. for approximately 9,578.54 square feet situated in Webb County, Texas, and being the Surface only of the North 43.1 feet of Lots Number Six (6), Seven (7), Eight (8), and Nine (9) [N.43.1’ of Lots 6-9], in Block Number Twenty-two (22), Western Division of the City of Laredo, save and except that portion of Lot Six (6) conveyed to the City of Laredo on July 1, 1927, by instrument recorded in Volume 105, Page 132, Webb County Deed Records.

1.      Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on August 1, 2004 and ending on July 31, 2005.

2.      Monthly rent will be $9,132.00.

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

 

IX.               FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

28.       

2004-O-248           Amending the City of Laredo’s FY 2004-2005 Full Time Equivalent Positions and creating one Executive Director Position. This position will be assigned to the Environmental Services Department for the Keep Laredo Beautiful Program.  Funding for this position is available in the 2004 – 2005 Keep Laredo Beautiful Fund.

 

2004-O-249           Amending the FY 2004 – 2005 Annual Budget in the Fire Prevention and Arson Fund Budget by accepting a donation of $500.00 from Devon Energy Oil and Gas Company and appropriating said funds for the purpose of purchasing Fire Safety Educational Promotional Materials for the Fire Prevention Division.

 

2004-O-250           Amending the City of Laredo FY 2004 – 2005 Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $24,301.00 from the Texas Department of State Health Services for the “School Physical and Nutrition Survey (SPAN) Project” of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning October 1, 2004 through September 30, 2005.

 

2004-O-251           Amending the City of Laredo FY 2004 – 2005 Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $30,000.00 from the South Texas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (STACADA) for services to be rendered by the HIV/AIDS Program of the City of Laredo Health Department; and to approve a (9) nine-month contract between the City of Laredo Health Department and STACADA beginning October 1, 2004 through June 30, 2005, for these services.

 

2004-O-252           Amending the City of Laredo FY 2004-2005 Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $16,600.00 in additional funds and authorizing the City Manager to renew the Interlocal Agreement for FY 2004-2005 between the City of Laredo and the County of Webb for the total amount of $175,000.00 for locally supported public health services to residents of Webb County, for the period beginning October 1, 2004 through September 30, 2005.

 

2004-O-253           Amending the City of Laredo FY 2004-2005 Budget by decreasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $24,457.00 in funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services to reflect a total grant of $3,061,508.00 for the Women, Infants and Children “WIC” Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning October 1, 2004 through September 30, 2005.  (As Amended)

 

2004-O-254           Authorizing the City Manager to accept a Direct Aid Grant from the Texas State Library ~ Loan Star Libraries Program in the amount of $15,139.00 for new computers at the Main Library, and amending the City of Laredo FY 2004 – 2005 Annual Budget in the amount of $139.00.

 

2004-O-255           Amending the City of Laredo FY 2004 – 2005 Annual Budget by reducing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $46,412.00 for the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant awarded by the United States Department of Justice and authorizing the City Manager to accept the grant in the amount of $38,109.00 with the City of Laredo designating $182,827.00 in matching funds for a total of $220,936.00. This project funds salaries and fringe benefits for support personnel. The funding period for this project is from October 1, 2004 through September 30, 2006.

 

2004-O-256           Amending Section 28-87 of Chapter 28, streets, sidewalks, and public places, Article III Civic Center of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo to allow for rate changes in meeting room rentals and equipment rentals; providing for publication and effective date.

 

2004-O-257           Amending the FY 2004 – 2005 Annual Budget for the South Texas Regional 911 System Fund by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $8,964.00. 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 Regional Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) Training.

 

2004-O-258           Amending Chapter 19. Motor Vehicle and Traffic, Article III, Stopping, Standing, or Parking, Section 19-362, City-owned parking lot rates and hours of operation, of the Code of Ordinances, City of Laredo: Specifically (d)(1) Extending the boundary west to Davis Ave. and providing for severability and effective date.

 

2004-O-259           Consider a recommendation authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Aero Center, Inc., for approximately 178 square feet consulting AOA Office #5 located at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop at the Laredo International Airport. Lease term is for eight (8) months commencing on November 1, 2004 and ending on June 30, 2006. Lease may be terminated by either party upon giving a thirty (30) day written notice from the party terminating to the other. Monthly rent shall be $467.00 and will be adjusted during the primary and extension term of this lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

2004-O-260           Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract by and on behalf of the City of Laredo, Grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone No. 94 and specifically authorizing the City Manager to enter into an Operations Agreement with Continental Texas Warehousing, L.P., Zones Site Operator, to activate approximately 15,000 square feet of warehouse space located at 13704 N. Unitec Dr., at Foreign-Trade Zone No. 94, Site 6, effective upon execution of this contract and ending on October 31, 2009. Providing the activation, administration and transaction fees be paid to the City and providing for an effective date.

 

2004-O-261           Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey fee simple title to the “Surface Only”, at its combined market value of $13,504.00, for certain properties described as follows to their respective abutting property owners and providing for an effective date.

 

Parcel A – consisting of 3,858.36 sq. ft., more or less, to Alfredo Genaro Ortiz and Alfonso Rodolfo Ortiz, Jr., at the total market value of $6,752.00; said parcel being out of the northeast quarter of Sta. Rita Avenue between Pace and Ugarte Streets situated in the Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, being described on attached Exhibit “A”,

 

Parcel B – consisting of 3,858.36 sq. ft., more or less, to Antonio Martinez at the market value of $6,752.00; said parcel being out of the northwest quarter of Sta. Rita Avenue between Pace and Ugarte Streets situated in the Western Divison, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, being described on attached Exhibit “B”.

 

2004-O-262           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; providing for an effective date.

 

2004-O-263           Authorizing the City Manager to execute an easement to AEP Texas Central Company for underground electric service facilities over the following two tracts of City property (1) A 2,562.01 sq. ft. parcel out of Block 1322, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, as described in Exhibit 1(A) and (2) a 907.21 sq. ft. parcel out of South Martin Avenue as described in Exhibit 1(B); and providing for effective date.

 

X.                 RESOLUTIONS

 

29.      2004-R-106      Accepting the donation of one utility easement from Elias Herrera and Olga F. Herrera for the extension of utility service lines to the Ranchitos IV, Los Minerales Subdivision. This being a 4,896 square foot tract of land out of Tract 36 in the Ranchitos IV, Los Minerales Subdivision, and being situated in Porcion 10, Abstract 280, Webb County, Texas, and described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B.

 

30.      2004-R-107      Accepting the donation of one utility easement from Cesar Villarreal Jr., Vicente Villarreal, Luis Gerardo Villarreal, Salvador Villarreal, and Arturo Villarreal for the extension of utility service lines to the Laredo Ranchettes Subdivision. This being a strip of land 30.00 feet in width, containing 12,249.86 square feet or 0.28 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.

 

31.      2004-R-108      Supporting and partnering with the Webb County Chapter of the American Red Cross by entering into an agreement to provide Red Cross the use of Park and Recreation facilities as emergency shelters for victims of disaster.

 

32.      2004-R-109      Accepting a grant awarded by the Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division in the amount of $80,000.00 for the Violence Against Women Grant. The Office of the Governor is contributing $80,000.00 with the City designating $61,456.00 in matching funds for a total grant amount of $141,456.00. This funding will be used for the Domestic Awareness Response Team Program under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) for the period of September 1, 2004 through August 31, 2005.

 

33.      2004-R-110      Accepting a grant awarded by the Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division in the amount of $36,118.00 for the Juvenile Accountability Grant. The Office of the Governor is contributing $36,118.00 with the City designating $12,327.00 in matching funds for a total grant amount of $48,445.00. This funding will be used for the Juvenile Accountability Block Grant Program for the period of August 1, 2004 through July 31, 2005.

 

34.      2004-R-111      Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract with the South Texas Development Council and accept a grant in the amount of $100,989.00 for the HIV/AIDS Health and Social Services Project of the City of Laredo Health Department, for the period beginning September 1, 2004 through August 31, 2005, and further that the City Manager be authorized to accept additional funds from the South Texas Development Council in support of the activities funded by these grants.

 

35.      2004-R-112      Authorizing the City Manager to submit a Brownfield Grant application to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) under the Brownfield Program in the amount of $200,000.00, with $40,000.00 in matching funds, for a total of $240,000.00.  This grant will allow for community wide assessment and clean-up. Matching funds are available in the Environmental Services Department’s NPDES Fund.

 

36.      2004-R-113      Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement between Laredo Community College on behalf of the Health Sciences Division and the City of Laredo Fire Department EMS Division to define the responsibilities for both parties for the instructional activities to be offered for academic credit and/or workforce continuing education.

 

37.      2004-R-114      1.)Opposing the development of any alternative highway or transportation system that would divert vehicular traffic from, and thereby threaten, the traditional and historic NAFTA trade route through Texas;

2.) Endorsing the creation of the River of Trade Corridor Coalition and its initiative to ensure the long-term use by the NAFTA trade Industry of the historic Texas NAFTA Trade Corridor running from Laredo, Texas to Texarkana via Dallas; and

 3.) Expressing the City’s intent to: 

 

A.       Work with the Texas Dept. of Transportation and other Departments of the State to develop a NAFTA Trade Corridor Plan.

B.       Support the creation of a Texas State Legislative Caucus and a U.S. Congressional Caucus to work with the Coalition in support of the same; and

C.      To forward a certified copy of this Resolution to interested parties, including the Texas Congressional Delegation, the Governor of Texas, members of the Texas Legislature, the Texas Transportation Commission, and the Texas Chambers of Commerce within the historic Texas/NAFTA Trade Corridor.

 

XI.               MOTIONS

 

38.      Authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute an extension of a contract between the City of Laredo and the law firm of William M. McKamie, P.C., for the lawsuit styled Carlos Blanco, Jr. and Maria Gloria Gonzalez V. the City of Laredo, cause No. 2004CVQ000760-D2, in the District Court 111th Judicial District, Webb County, Texas for a total amount not to exceed thirty-five thousand dollars ($35,000.00). Funding is available in the General Fund.

 

39.      Approval of a contract with Miller & Van Eaton, P.L.L.C., to provide telecommunications and cable legal services to the City of Laredo. The contract term for this engagement is two years, October 1, 2004 through September 30, 2006; with a contract amount not to exceed $50,000.00 per Fiscal Year. The first year of funding is available in the Telecommunications Budget; the second year of funding is subject to future budget appropriations. 

 

40.      Consideration to award a professional services contract to G.G. Salinas Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas, in the amount not to exceed $37,500.00 for design and preparation of plans and specifications for the Reconstruction of the Arkansas/Clark Intersection and the San Eduardo/Sanchez Intersection. Funding is available in the Improvements Other Than Buildings.  

 

41.      Consideration for approval of final change order no. 1, a decrease of $16,629.40 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the CDBG Sidewalks City-Wide Project No. 26 (30 Blocks) and approval of final payment in the amount of $25,221.30 to J. Solis Maintenance and Welding Services, Laredo, Texas. Final construction contract amount is $182,822.95. Funding is available in the Community Development Fund – CD Projects/Sidewalks – 29th Action Year/2003 Grant.

 

42.      Consideration for approval of change order no. 2, an increase of $5,300.00 to the construction contract with Rhino Builders, Ltd., Laredo, Texas, for the Seven Flags Park Rehabilitation Project for additional work to include the construction of a concrete slab for the skate park and other park amenities that were not included in the original scope of the project. Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund – Seven Flags Park Rehabilitation.

 

43.      Consideration for approval of acceptance of the Construction of concrete islands at the Colombia Solidarity Bridge Parking Lot and approval of retainage payment in the amount of $6,499.90 to Zertuche Construction, LLC., Laredo, Texas. Final construction contract amount is $64,999.00. Funding is available in the Bridge System – Retainage Payable.

 

44.      Consideration for approval of final change order no. 1, a decrease of $0.85 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the Ryan Street Bridge Conversion & Zacate Creek Pedestrian & Bicycle Facility and approval of final payment in the amount of $102,138.60 to J. Solis Maintenance and Welding Services, Laredo, Texas. Final construction contract amount is $632,480.45. Funding is available in the Ryan Street Railroad Bridge Fund – Capital Outlay/Improvements Other Than Buildings – Retainage Payable.

 

45.      Consideration to award a construction contract to J. Solis Maintenance and Welding Services, Laredo, Texas, in the bid amount of $818,248.50 and approval of change order no. 1 a decrease of $96,886.00 for deletion of asphalt parking, trash receptacles and betterment allowance, for a net award of $721,362.50 for the Zacate Creek Linear Park Phase III, IV & V – Scope II – Project I and Project II. Project III is not recommended for award at this time, since bids are well beyond the budget allotted. Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund – Zacate Creek Linear Park.   

 

46.      Consideration for approval of change order #3 to Price Construction, Ltd., Big Spring, Texas, reducing the construction amount by $2,409.00 for the Construction of State Highway 359 Planning Area – Work Order No. 1 Wastewater Trunk Line from Chacon Creek to Los Altos. This change order consists of a decrease in contract amount as a result of reconciliation of contract quantities for items 5,6,7,8 and 26 from Section 00300-BID of the contract document. The total contract amount is $1,957,336.25. Funding is available in the Colonias Project Fund.

 

47.      Consideration to accept  the Effluent Pond Improvements at the North Laredo Wastewater Treatment Plant, and approval for final payment in the amount of $34,782.15 to Lambda Construction Co., Laredo, Texas. The final contract amount is $695,643.00. Funding is available in the N.W.W.T.P. Sewer 2000 C.O. Bond.

 

48.      Approving Change Order #2, a decrease of $32,417.20 for the reconciliation of contract quantities actually constructed in place; accepting Work Order #4 for the SH 359 Water Transmission Line Extension Project; and approving final payment in the amount of $58,935.40 to Closner Construction Co., Laredo, Texas. The final contract amount is $1,178,707.90. Funding is available in the Colonias Project Fund.

 

49.      Consideration to exercise the renewal option for annual contract number FY04-012, awarded to the low bidder, A-1 Dry Cleaners, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $27,468.00 for providing laundry dry cleaning services for Police Department uniforms. As a condition of the collective bargaining agreement, the City provides dry cleaning service for police uniforms. Funding is available in the Police Department budget.

 

50.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of Police and Fire Department entrance and promotional exams from the sole source vendor, Wollack and Associates, Redmond, WA., in the estimated amount of $40,000.00.  This contract will cover all exams needed this fiscal year. The City will be charged for only those exams used on the test day. Funding is available in the Police and Fire Department budgets.

 

51.      Consideration to reject all bids received for contract FY05-002 for providing tires and tubes for city vehicles and authorizing that new bids be solicited. This action is necessary due to a bid notice posting omission on the City web page. The complete bid specification document was not available for download.

 

52.      Consideration to authorize the purchase and installation of a cashier/toll booth, automatic gate arm equipment and parking vending equipment for the Zaragoza Street parking lot being constructed by the City. This equipment will be purchased from the low bidder. Funding is available in the Parking Meter Fund.

 

53.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of computers through the State of Texas – Department of Information Resources (DIR) cooperative purchase contracts, for City Departments. The City is able to utilize the Department of Information Resources purchasing power in acquiring information systems such as personal computers. Funding for these items is available in the respective Department’s budget.

 

54.      Consideration to exercise the renewal option for annual contract FY03-003 awarded to the low bidder, Southern Sanitation, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $40,092.00, for providing trash collection services for large volume containers. Funding is available in the respective departmental budgets.

 

55.      Consideration to award contract number FY05-005, to the low bidders, Gateway Uniform Service, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $70,000.00; Mission Western Wear, Mission, Texas, in the estimated amount of $20,000.00; Iron Age, San Antonio, Texas, in the estimated amount of $8,000.00 and Mike’s Western Wear, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $5,000.00 for the purchase of safety footwear for city maintenance personnel. Funding is available in the respective departmental budgets.

 

56.      Motion to authorize the City Manager to execute three General Fund monthly reimbursement third party contracts for Fiscal Year 2005 for a total of $162,000.00. The contracts are listed as follows:

 

Children’s International Advocacy                           $  22,500.00

Laredo Animal Protective Society                          $126,000.00

Serving Children and Adolescents in Need           $  13,500.00

 

57.      Motion to authorize the City Manager to execute a contract with the Laredo Development Foundation for economic development. The Laredo Development Foundation’s mission is the creation of jobs, industrial attraction, and enhancement of local business, which they do through the Industrial Attraction Division, Small Business Development Division/Center, and the Special Projects Division. The contract is for Fiscal Year 2004 - 2005 in the amount of $407,400.00. Funding is available in the General Fund.

 

58.      Approving monthly adjustments to the tax roll. The amount to be adjusted for month of September 2004 represents a decrease of $227.20. These adjustments are determined by the Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

 

 

XII.             STAFF REPORTS

 

59.         

A.          Presentation by Wilbur Smith Associates on the development of the 2005-2030 Laredo Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP).

 

B.          Presentation by consultants with Lloyd, Gosselink, Blevins, Rochelle and Townsend, P.C. regarding electrical rates and related issues, with possible action.

                       

XIII.           GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

           

60.         

A.              Request by Council Member Hector J. Garcia

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding paving the 200 Block of McDonald.

2.           Discussion with possible action on upgrading El Metro bus stops on Zapata Highway.

3.           Update on the Villa Del Sol Street Reconstruction Project.

4.           Discussion with possible action on converting the 3200 Block of Frost and 3000 Block of Travis to pocket parks. 

           

B.              Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Johnny Amaya

1.           Discussions with possible action to extend the injury leave for Laredo Police Department Investigator, Arturo Galvan, for a period not to exceed 90 days.

                                               

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

1.           Update on extending benefits to the City of Laredo employees currently serving on active duty, with possible action.

 

D.              Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding changing the traffic pattern on Inturbide Street from Main Avenue to Santa Cleotilde Avenue from a two-way to a one-way heading west.

2.           Discussion with possible action on restoring third party funding for the Martin High School Crime Stoppers program.

3.           Discussion with possible action regarding making improvements to the Northeast corner of Grant and San Agustin.

4.           Status report on Seven Flags Park.

 

XIV.         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.

 

XV.           RECESS AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING CORPORATION

 

61.        Establishing rental rates on all multi-family apartment properties acquired in the Part 150 Airport Noise Compatibility Program, based at a minimum of the Fair Market Rents established by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and establishing a rent deposit of $200.00 for said properties. Late fees will be charged at the currently established $5.00 per day after the 10th day of each month; the maximum days to be charged per month is twenty (20) days. These units will be managed by the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation (LMHC).

 

XVI.         ADJOURN AS THE LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING AND CONVENE THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL

 

           

XVII.       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 October 20, 2004 at 7:30 p.m.

                                                                       

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                           City Secretary