CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2004-R-22

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

December 6, 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 October 11, 2004.

 

V.                 COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

a.           Presentation on “Drive Friendly Laredo”, a public service campaign developed by the City of Laredo to promote traffic safety.

b.           Presentation of the 2004 – 2005 Employee Leadership Development Class.

c.           Presentation by our Sister City of Thlahualilo, Durango by Mayor Horacio Gonzalez Alvarado, City Secretary Edgardo Ramirez and Mrs. Gonzalez, Director of Desarollo Integral de la Familia (DIF).

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

a.           Recognition of Juanita Anabel Cruz, of the City Attorney's Office, on her selection as November 2004 Employee of the Month.

 

Communiqués

a.           Presentation by Diana Ortiz, Chair, on the Bulldogs on Broadway participation on the 2005 Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.

 

VI.               APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

            a.

 

VII.             PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.           Second Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinance Chapter 21, Offenses and Miscellaneous Provisions, Article XII, Aggressive Solicitation, by adding definitions, prohibiting persons under the age of eighteen (18) from participating in street solicitation, authorizing police officers and code enforcement officers to halt ongoing solicitation as a penalty for violating any provision of this ordinance; providing for publication and effective date.

 

2.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 15, Health and Sanitation, Article VI “Indoor Clean Air”, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo, Texas by amending the definition of public place, Section 15-78; amending Section 15-79 by prohibiting smoking in any city owned or leased facility; and deleting section 15-80, which allows for exceptions; providing for severability; and providing for an effective date.

 

3.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Laredo Municipal Housing FY 2005 Budget by drawing down and appropriating $700,000.00 from the its opening balance to the City’s Capital Improvement Fund.  This transfer will be set up to carry out necessary repairs associated with the owner-occupied units constructed by the Laredo Affordable Housing Corporation as part of the Los Obispos Affordable Housing Project.  The amendment is authorized by the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation’s Articles of Incorporation. 

 

4.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Section 1 of Ordinance 2002-O-0251 of the City of Laredo and authorizing the implementation of an administrative fee of $1.00 per swipe card for southbound commercial traffic that utilizes the City of Laredo International Bridges as further described in Exhibit “A” and hereby repealing all conflicting sections in all ordinances currently in effect.  

 

5.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the 29th AY Community Development Block Grant budget for the FY 2004 – 2005 by increasing the original Program Income Budget of $11,493.00 by $57,572.00 in additional program income, for a total of $69,065.00. The Program Income funds will be used for land acquisition for the Riverfront Green Space Acquisition Project.

 

6.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance ratifying the City Manager’s acceptance of a grant by the South Texas Development Council (STDC) in the amount of $40,828.00 with no matching funds for a total of $40,828.00 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 funds will be used to promote two electronic waste (e-waste) recycling events, as well as for disposal fees for the materials collected.

 

7.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to enter into a rental agreement between the City of Laredo and SER-Jobs for Progress for the use of two classrooms at East Hachar Recreation Center and Inner City Tech/Rec Center, in the form attached as Exhibit “A”; and amending the FY 2004 – 2005 General Fund Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $5,600.00 for computer hardware and software to further enhance technology programming.

 

8.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept a $1,000.00 donation from Wal-Mart Foundation and amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004 – 2005 General Fund Annual Budget by appropriating revenues in the amount of $1,000.00 in the form of a donation of $1,000.00 and appropriating expenditures in the amount of $1,000.00 for the purchase of trees for the Tree Farm Project.

 

9.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance designating a certain area as a Tax Abatement Reinvestment Zone for commercial/industrial tax abatement, establishing the boundaries thereof and other matters relating thereto; declaring findings of fact; providing for severability; and providing for an effective date.

         

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

VIII.           INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

10.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey fee simple title to the “surface only”, at its market value of $37,000.00, for certain property described as a 15,433 sq. ft tract of land, more or less, out of that former section of the 1100 Block of India Avenue between Guadalupe and Chihuahua Streets to the Laredo Independent School District; said property being situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, being described on attached Exhibit “A”; and providing for an effective date. 

 

11.      Authorizing the City Manager to convey to Southwestern Bell Telephone, L.P. three easements, namely: (1) A 100 square foot easement out of Lot 10, Block 22, Western Division, in the form attached as Exhibit 1 herein; (2) a 1,600 square foot easement out of former Farias Street Section in the form attached as Exhibit 2 herein; and (3) a 625 square foot easement out of Lot 5, Block 30, Las Americas Subdivision, Unit 2, in the form attached as Exhibit 3 herein; and providing for effective date.

 

12.      Closing as public easement that section of Davis Avenue between Zaragoza and Water streets situated in the Western Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas, and providing for an effective date.

 

13.      Closing as public easements those sections of Ventura Street between Main and Santa Maria Avenues, including its intersection with Davis Avenue; all situated in the Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and providing for an effective date.

 

IX.               FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

14.       

2004-O-292           Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a “tortilleria” on Lot 4, Block 465, Eastern Division, located at 4220 Valencia Ave.; providing for publication and effective date.

 

2004-O-294           Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 6, Block 236, Western Division, located at 1315 San Dario Ave., from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

2004-O-295           Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 8, Block 253, Western Division, located at 1419 Santa Maria Ave., from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

2004-O-296           Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 197.36 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located approximately north of Summerwind Subdivision, Unit I, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

2004-O-297           Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 4.27 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located west of Bob Bullock Loop, from R-1 (Single-Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

2004-O-298           Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 4.17 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located approximately south of Bartlett Ave., from R-1 (Single-Family Residential District) to B-1 ( Limited Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

2004-O-299           Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 16.30 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 Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

2004-O-300           Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 4.45 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located approximately east of Hwy. 83, from R-1 (Single-Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

2004-O-301           Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 21.29 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located approximately at the 2700 block of Avenida Los Presidentes, from AG (Agricultural District) and R-1 (Single-Family Residential District) to R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

2004-O-302           Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 1.87 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located approximately at 2414 Old Spanish Trail, from AG (Agricultural District) to R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

2004-O-303           Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 2.18 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located approximately at 1821 Aguila Azteca Dr., from R-1 (Single-Family Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

2004-O-304           Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 15.32  acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located approximately east of Aguila Azteca Dr. and south of Clark Blvd., from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

2004-O-305           Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 6.85 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located approximately west of Aguila Azteca Dr. and south of Clark Blvd., from R-1 (Single-Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.

 

2004-O-306           Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for a 19 story structure on 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; providing for publication and effective date.

 

2004-O-307           Application by E.G. Ranch, Ltd., altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 140 acres of land, more or less, located South of Highway 359 and the City of Laredo Landfill, as further described by metes and bounds in Attachment “A”, specifically E.G. Ranch I Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area District).

 

2004-O-308           Application by E. G. Ranch, Ltd., altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 47.85 acres of land, more or less, located south of Highway 359 and Colonia Old Milwaukee, as further described by metes and bounds in Attachment “A”, specifically E.G. Ranch II Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area District).

 

2004-O-309           Application by Laredo Hills, Ltd., LLP, altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 31.82 acres of land, more or less, located east of Loop 20 and north of Maria Luisa Drive, as further described by metes and bounds in Attachment “A”, specifically Hurd I Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area District). 

 

2004-O-310           Application by Laredo Hills, Ltd., LLP, altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 21.89 acres of land, more or less, located east of Loop 20 and north of the U.I.S.D. Student Activity Complex, as further described by metes and bounds in Attachment “A”, specifically Hurd II Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area District).   

 

2004-O-311           Application by Transborder Investment, L.L.C., altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 27.59 acres of land, more or less, located north of Highway 359 and east of Coronado Avenue, as further described by metes and bounds in Attachment “A”, specifically Transborder Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area District).              

 

2004-O-312           Application by Humberto Treviño, altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 4.51 acres of land, more or less, located north of Highway 359 and west of the U.I.S.D. Student Activity Complex, as further described by metes and bounds in Attachment “A”, specifically Treviño Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) for 2.91 acres and B-4 (Highway Commercial District) for 1.6 acres.                                                                                                                                                                                                    

 

2004-O-313           Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinance as follows: Chapter 2, Article II, Division 3, Section 2-61(a) Military leave, subsection (3) and adding subsection (4), to allow the City of Laredo to supplement military base pay with the difference between the employee’s military base pay and the employee’s base pay from his/her employment with the City of Laredo, after all military leave, annual leave and/or compensatory time have been exhausted.

 

2004-O-314           Amending the FY 2004 – 2005 Annual Operating Budget in the Laredo Fire Department EMS Division Budget by accepting a donation of $1,500.00 from Wal-Mart Stores and appropriating said funds for the purpose of purchasing a new computer system with Emergency Medical Testing Software for the EMS Division.

 

2004-O-315           Amending the City of Laredo FY 2004-2005 Annual Budget by appropriating   revenues and expenditures in the amount of $10,000.00 in additional funds for a grand total of $32,000.00 from the University of Arizona for the Border Vision Fronteriza (BVF) 2: Community Health Workers for Children’s Health Project of the City of Laredo Health Department, and extending the program period from September 14, 2003 through September 13, 2004, to September 14, 2003 through March 13, 2005.

 

2004-O-316           Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2004-2005 Annual Budget by appropriating unexpended fund balances in the amount of $14,525.00 from FY 2003-2004 and appropriate new funds from both districts in the amount of $56,385.00 for the total amount of $70,910.00 from the Laredo Independent School District and the United Independent School District contracts for the Immunization Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning October 1, 2004 through September 30, 2005.

 

2004-O-317           Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2004-2005 Annual Budget by decreasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $4,846.00 from the Texas Department of State Health Services to reflect the actual grant amount of $17,889.00 for the Binational TB Card Pilot Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the contract period beginning November 1, 2004 through September 30, 2005; and authorizing the City Manager to execute the contract.

 

2004-O-318           Accepting a supplemental grant awarded and amending the City of Laredo FY 2004 – 2005 Budget by increasing revenues and expenses in the amount of $80,000.00 for an Interdiction Project awarded by the Office of the National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA). Funds will be used to pay overtime expenses for a drug interdiction unit compromised of Financial Task Force agents and Laredo Police Officers from January 1, 2004 through December 31, 2004. Funds for fringe benefits are already appropriated in the program income accounts.

 

2004-O-319           Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with the Laredo Housing Authority in the amount of $25,000.00 and amending the City of Laredo FY 2004-2005 Annual Budget by the same amount. The agreement’s purpose is to reimburse costs for overtime incurred by the Laredo Police Department officers in providing resources for the Weed and Seed Community Building Program.  This overtime will be reimbursed at no cost to the city.  The term of this agreement is from October 1, 2004 through September 30, 2005.

 

2004-O-320           Amending the City of Laredo FY2004-2005 Annual Budget by reducing revenues in the amount of $8,940.00 and reducing expenditures in the amount of $2,318.00 for a total budget amendment of $11,258.00 for a grant awarded by the Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division in the amount of $36,118.00 for the Juvenile Accountability Grant program. 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 01, 2004 through July 31, 2005

 

2004-O-321           Amending the City of Laredo FY 2004-2005 Annual Budget by increasing expenditures and revenues in the amount of $727,200.00 in overtime for Operation Stonegarden. The United States Customs and Border Protection Service (CBP) will reimburse this full amount for overtime expenses incurred by police officers working under the homeland security parameters of Operation Stonegarden.

 

2004-O-322           Amending the City of Laredo FY 2005 Airport Fund (Operating) and Airport Construction Fund Budgets by appropriating $2,327,250.00 and $1,500,000.00 respectively.  Airport Fund will be amended by drawing down $2,327,250.00 from the Airport’s Opening Fund balance and increasing the appropriate expenditure line items by $2,327,250.00 to cover the cost of multiple airport projects;  the Airport Construction Budget will be amended by increasing revenue and expenditure line items by $1,500,000.00 to reserve the local match funding needed for future Airport Improvement Program and TxDOT Grants; and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendments; providing for an effective date.

 

2004-O-323           Amending Ordinance No. 99-O-077, Exhibits “A” and “B” of the Water Line Reimbursement Agreement for Hilltop Subdivision, Phase II, by amending start date from March 15, 1999 to November 15, 2004, in order to reflect effective time to add interest  to the balance owed by the future connectors.

 

2004-O-324           Amending  Ordinance No. 99-O-078, Exhibits “A” and “B” of the Sewer Line Reimbursement Agreement for Hilltop Subdivision, Phase II, by amending start date from March 15, 1999 to November 15, 2004, in order to reflect effective time to add interest to the balance owed by the future connectors.

 

2004-O-325           Amending Ordinance No. 99-O-244 of the City of Laredo, updating water conservation and drought contingency plans providing for severability and an effective date.

 

2004-O-326           Authorizing the City Manager to implement a southbound pedestrian toll free crossing for the period of December 17th through December 24th, 2004.

           

2004-O-327           Closing as public easements those sections of Jarvis Avenue between Marion and Gates Streets (including its intersection with Gates Street) and Gates Street between Jarvis and Martin Avenues all situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and providing for an effective date.

 

2004-O-328           Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey a 454.71 square foot easement and right of way to AEP Texas Central Company, to serve the City of Laredo Landfill Water Tank on State Highway 359. Said 454.71 square foot easement and right of way being situated in Porcion 32, Abstract 3116, City of Laredo, Webb County Texas; providing for an effective date.

 

2004-O-329           Closing as a public easement that section of Chihuahua Street between Texas Avenue and east right-of-way line of U.S. Highway 83 situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo. County of Webb, Texas, and providing for an effective date.

 

2004-O-330           Setting the maximum speed limit on that portion of I.H. 35 Main Lane, north and south direction, within the City Limits of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, as 55 MPH from mile point 7.401 to mile point 7.613 and 60 MPH from mile point 7.613 to mile point 8.351, located approximately between Shiloh and Loop 20, as defined in the Texas Department of Transportation control section map 0018-06-138, providing for the installation of appropriate signs to indicate speed changes in the designated areas and providing for publication and effective date.

 

X.                 RESOLUTIONS

           

15.      2004-R-119      Accepting the donation of one utility easement from Ramiro Vela 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 6, Block 11, Pueblo Nuevo Subdivision, described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B.            

 

16.      2004-R-121      Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant and to execute contract documents in the amount of $199,854.00 from the Texas Department of State Health Services for the HIV Prevention Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the contract period beginning January 1, 2005 through December 31, 2005.

 

17.      2004-R-122      Declaring the public necessity to acquire the “Surface Only” of one parcel of land for the El Portal Project. Said parcel consisting of Lots 5 & 6, Block 23, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; as delineated on attached copy of City Plat; and authorizing staff to negotiate with the owner for the acquisition of said parcel for purchase at a market value to be established by a State Certified Real Estate Appraiser, and further authorizing the City Attorney to initiate condemnation proceedings to acquire said parcel if staff is unable to acquire due to inability to agree to a purchase price, conflict of ownership, owner refusal to sell, and/or inability to locate the listed owner(s). 

 

18.      2004-R-123      Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant and to execute contract documents in the amount of $169,293.00 from the Texas Department of State Health Services for the Tuberculosis Prevention/Control Federal Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning January 1, 2005 through December 31, 2005.

 

19.      2004-R-125      Authorizing the use of surplus proceeds from the City of Laredo – Public Property Finance Contractual Obligations (PPFCO), series 2002-A, in the amount of $12,000.00 and $1,745.25 from General Fund Capital Outlay for the purchase of (1) fifteen foot shredder for maintenance use on our city parks.

                       

XI.               MOTIONS

 

20.      Consideration to authorize contracts with Southwestern Bell Company in the estimated amount of $72,000.00; Intrado Inc., in the estimated amount of $62,700.00; the State of Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) in the estimated amount of $35,000.00; and Valley Telephone in the estimated amount of $7,600.00; for providing 9-1-1 telephone network and database services for the four county Regional 9-1-1 System. Funding is available in the 9-1-1 Regional Fund.

 

21.      Consideration to award contract FY05-011, to the low bidders Lowe’s Home Improvement and Erick’s Lumber for the purchase of rebar and wire mesh for a three month period. This contract establishes contract pricing for these materials used for construction or repair projects scheduled during the next three months. All materials will be purchased on an as needed basis. Funding is available in the Public Works Budget and the Capital Improvement Fund.

 

22.      Consideration for approval of final Change Order No. 1 a decrease of $17,660.71 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the CDBG Sidewalks City – Wide Project No. 28 (30 Blocks) and approval of final payment in the amount of $28,956.23 to Zertuche Construction, LLC., Laredo, Texas. Final construction contract amount is $192,573.01. Funding is available in the Community Development Fund – CD Projects/Sidewalks 29th Action Year.

 

23.      Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Freese and Nichols, Fort Worth, Texas, for the construction, reconstruction and rehabilitation of airport pavement areas and other aeronautical improvements at the Laredo International Airport and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract. Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund.

 

24.      Consideration for approval of Amendment No. 5 an increase of $79,000.00 to the architectural/engineering contract with Frank Architects, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Gateway to the Americas Bridge (Bridge I) Access, Export Lot & Parking Lot Modifications for new design work for Building E. Current contract amount is $1,396,021.00. Funding is available in the Architectural Fees – 2002 Bridge Revenue Bond.

 

25.      Consideration for approval of final change order no. 2 a decrease of $73.00 for the balance of the betterment allowance of quantities actually constructed in place; acceptance of the Laredo International Airport Improvements to Fire Station No. 6 and approval of final release of retainage in the amount of $23,085.72 to Zertuche Construction, LLC., Laredo, Texas. Final construction contract amount is $461,714.35. Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund – Development and Improvement Grants – Building and Improvements to Buildings.

 

26.      Consideration for approval of acceptance of the Laredo International Airport Passenger Terminal and related Airside/Landside Improvement Phase “E” and approval of final retainage payment in the amount of $50,000.00 to TJ&T Enterprises, Inc., Laredo, Texas. Punch list items have been completed. Final contract amount is $4,402,169.45. Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund/Grant No. 27 and 34 – Retainage Account.

 

27.      Consideration to award a professional services contract to O’Conner Engineering & Science, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the amount not to exceed $34,000.00 to prepare plans, specifications and cost estimates for asbestos abatement and demolition for the Laredo International Airport Building No’s 1429, 1430, 1431, 1432, 1325, 861, 979, 1228, 1169, 1331 and Hangar 123. Funding is available in the Airport Operations Fund – Demolition Costs.

 

28.      Approval of selection of consultant and authorizing the City Manager to negotiate a professional services contract with Kinnetic Laboratories Inc., Santa Cruz, California, to provide consulting services for the upgrade of the City’s environmental monitoring system, and the addition of rain gauges. The scope of services include but are not limited to the following elements:

1.           Installation of five (5) additional rainfall gauges.

2.           Software upgrade

3.           Radio communication upgrade of existing stations.

This upgrade will allow citizens and emergency management personnel to                                                                                                      view real-time storm data on the Internet. Funding is available in the NPDES   Account.

 

29.      Consideration to award contract FY05–007 to Office Communications Systems, Laredo, Texas, for a forty-eight (48) month rental contract in the total amount of $26,282.88 for three digital coin operated copiers for the Library System. Funding is available in the Library Budget. 

 

30.      Authorizing the City Manager to submit a Universal Service Program grant application to Schools & Libraries Division / Universal Services Administrative Company / Federal Communications Commission in the estimated amount of $850,000.00 for multi-year E-Rate discounts and communication and technology infrastructure enhancements.

 

31.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute twenty-three General Fund Third Party Contracts for the Fiscal Year 2005 for a total of $223,713.00. The contracts are listed as follows:

                                               

                        Bringing Everyone Special Together                                              $     5,274.00

                        Bethany House                                                                                  $     7,500.00

            Border Area Nutrition Council                                                         $   13,125.00

            Boys and Girls Club of Laredo                                                        $   33,750.00

            Casa de Misericordia                                                                      $     9,375.00

            Catholic Social Services                                                                  $     5,625.00

            Children’s International Advocacy                                                   $   22,500.00

            Club Olympia                                                                         $     1,875.00

            Communities in Schools                                                                  $     5,625.00

            Community Action Agency – Elderly Nutrition Program   $     7,500.00

            Community Action Agency – Meals on Wheels                             $     7,125.00

            Girls Scouts Paisano Council                                                          $     3,750.00

            LISD Campus Crime Stoppers                                                       $     2,813.00

            Laredo Regional Food Bank                                                           $     9,375.00

            Laredo Webb County Food Bank                                                   $   16,875.00

            Laredo Veteran’s Coalition                                                             $   30,000.00

            Literacy Volunteers of America                                                       $     2,625.00

            Ruthe B. Cowl Rehabilitation Center                                              $   28,125.00

            Sacred Heart Children’s Home                                                       $     1,875.00

            South Texas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse                        $     1,875.00

            Webb County American Red Cross                                               $     3,750.00

            Special Olympics                                                                              $     3,376.00

 

32.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute seventeen Hotel/Motel Tax Fund Third Party Contracts for the Fiscal Year 2005 for a total of $441,170.00. The contracts are listed as follows:

           

                        Laredo Chamber of Commerce                                                      $   18,000.00

                        LULAC # 7                                                                                         $     5,000.00

                        LULAC # 12                                                                                      $     5,000.00

                        Society of Martha Washington                                                        $     9,000.00

                        Washington’s Birthday Celebration Association                           $   19,000.00

                        Laredo Children’s Museum                                                             $   49,000.00

                        Webb County Heritage Foundation                                                $   49,000.00

                        Laredo Center for the Arts                                                               $ 130,360.00

                        Laredo Little Theatre                                                                        $   27,758.00

                        Latin American Sports Hall of Fame                                              $     5,000.00

                        L.C.C. Dance/Music Community Productions                               $   31,815.00

                        Laredo Philharmonic Chorale                                                         $     2,340.00

                        Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra                                                      $   37,897.00

                        T.A.M.I.U. Dance Productions                                                         $     9,000.00

                        Border Olympics                                                                               $   25,000.00

                        Streets of Laredo Urban Mall                                                          $     9,000.00

                        Mexican Cultural Institute of Laredo                                                $     9,000.00

 

33.      Authorizing the City Manager to award an annual maintenance contract for library automation, network services, software, Vmark licenses and equipment for the libraries’ Dynix network to Dynix in the amount of $41,219.96. Funding is available in the Library Budget.

 

34.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a joint use agreement between the City of Laredo and the Laredo Independent School District for the purpose of sharing joint use of outdoor recreational facilities including Albert Ochoa Baseball Park, East Martin Field, Veteran’s Field, Freddie Benavides Baseball Field, Cigarroa Recreational Sports Complex Tennis Courts and Multi Purpose Field, Airport Base I Softball Field and Soccer Fields, Market Street Tennis Courts Complex, Ochoa – Sanchez Park and Seven Flags Park. The term of this agreement is for 5 years, beginning August 1, 2004 and ending July 31, 2009.

 

35.      Consideration to authorize Change Order no. 1, a reduction in the total amount of $26,420.00 for the purchase of ten (10), automated side loader refuse trucks through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (Buy Board) contract pricing in the revised total amount of $1,633,200.00. Funding is available in the Solid Waste fund.

 

36.      Refund of property tax in the amount of $16,990.96 to the following taxpayers and companies:

 

1.           A refund in the amount of $5,733.19 payable to South Texas National Bank due to an overpayment. Account # 800-19000-618.

2.           A refund in the amount of $781.57 payable to Green Tree Servicing due to an overpayment. Account # 812-02000-024.

3.           A refund in the amount of $1,735.57 payable to San Juana Santos Garza and Alberto Santos due to a double payment. Account # 106-00268-030.

4.           A refund in the amount of $991.23 payable to Araceli P. Brulloths due to the reinstatement of an exemption by the Webb County Appraisal Review Board. Account # 660-01810-060.

5.           A refund in the amount of $6,316.36 payable to Porcelanite Inc. due to the reinstatement of a Freeport exemption by the Webb County Appraisal Review Board. Account # 801-16096-069.

6.           A refund in the amount of $1,433.04 payable to Webb County Tittle & Abstract Co. due to a partial exemption granted by the Webb County Appraisal Review Board. Account # 101-00022-060.

 

37.      Authorization to select and execute a contract with Sherfey Engineering, Co., Laredo, Texas for $36,700.00 for basic engineering and surveying services required to relocate water and wastewater lines along Hwy 59 due to the Texas Department of Transportation Improvements. The utility relocations include the section of the Chacon Extension wastewater trunk line from the Chacon Creek to Casa Blanca Road. Funding is available in the 2000 Water Bond Issue Utility Relocations – TxDOT and the 1998 Sewer Bond Issue Utility Relocation – TxDOT.

 

XII.             STAFF REPORTS

           

38.       

A.                 Presentation by Arcadis on the Water Park Feasibility Study.

 

XIII.           GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

           

39.       

A.                 Request by Council Member Alfredo Agredano

1.           Discussion with possible action on utilizing $5,000.00 from District I discretionary funding for the purchase and installation of two mister modules and one drinking fountain at Mario B. Tijerina Park.

 

B.                 Request by Council Member Hector J. Garcia

1.           Discussion with possible action on utilizing $9,500.00 from District II discretionary funding for the manufacture and installation of a decorative rod iron gate and fencing at the entrance of Dryden Park.  

 

C.                Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Johnny Amaya

1.           Discussion with possible action on the status of utility relocation or adjustments along Bartlett Ave. between Saunders and Locust in order to schedule the resurfacing of the street.

 

D.                Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

1.           Discussion with possible action on garbage collection for elderly and disabled persons who need special assistance.

2.           Discussion with possible action on the development of a flag football field in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Laredo on City owned land located in the Tiara-Sontera Subdivision.  

 

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

1.           Discussion with possible action to create an ordinance that would prohibit sex offenders from being near or at any city park.

2.           Discussion with possible action regarding the street cut process and the subsequent repairing of cut streets by the utility companies.

 

F.                 Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding establishing a skate module and basketball goal post on the west side of the Civic Center parking lot.

2.           Discussion with possible action regarding the creation of an economic development incentive fund for infrastructure and job training expenses to attract new industry to Laredo and establishing guidelines.

 

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.

 

40.      Request for executive session pursuant to Section 551.071 (1)(A) of the Texas Government Code, to meet with the City Attorney regarding contemplated litigation by United Water Services L.L.C. against the City of Laredo and return to open session for possible action.

 

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

           

 

41.      Motion amending the Laredo Municipal Housing FY 2005 Budget by drawing down and appropriating $700,000.00 from the its opening balance to the City’s Capital Improvement Fund.  This transfer will be set up to carry out necessary repairs associated with the owner-occupied units constructed by the Laredo Affordable Housing Corporation as part of the Los Obispos Affordable Housing Project.  The amendment is authorized by the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation’s Articles of Incorporation.

 

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

 

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

 

42.      Motion considering award of Contract No. FY04-114 to the lowest responsible bidders, Oil Patch Petroleum Incorporated in the amount of $30,576.00 and Arguindegui Oil in the amount of $13,838.00 for the purchase of diesel engine oil, coolant, automatic transmission fluid, hydraulic oil, and 30W oil. Funding is available in the Transit System Fund. 

 

XVIII.     ADJOURN AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL

                                                                                                                                   

XIX.         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 December 1, 2004 at 7:30 p.m.

                                                                       

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

               City Secretary