CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2005-R-08

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

April 18, 2005

5:30 P.M.

 

DISABILITY ACCESS STATEMENT

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I.                    CALL TO ORDER

 

II.                  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

III.                ROLL CALL

 

IV.               MINUTES

 

Approval of the minutes of March 7, 2005 and April 11, 2005.

 

V.                 COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

a.      Presentation by the Nuevo Laredo, Tamps. MX. Tourism Office on their enhanced services.

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

a.      Recognition of Gerardo “Jerry” Cerda, of the Laredo Public Library, on his selection as March 2005 Employee of the Month.

 

b.      Recognizing the members of the Antonio Gonzalez Middle School Puma Cheerleaders for being named Small Ensemble - Grand Champions - Superior Division at the Cheer & Dance / Drill Team America Festival Competition held at Sea World in San Antonio Texas on April 2, 2005.

 

c.      Recognizing the City of Laredo's Environmental Services Department for having earned the prestigious Texas Environmental Excellence Award presented by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in support of the City's successful Environmental Education Program that helps educate children regarding waste reduction and pollution prevention.

 

d.      Announcing the private sector sponsors of the Laredo Day Reception held in Washington D.C. on March 23, 2005.

 

VI.               APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

VII.             PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2005 Bridge System Fund by appropriating revenues and expenses in the amount of $453,820.00 through a transfer from a balance of the Infrastructure Fund.

 

2.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “Staying Connected Grant” in the amount of $20,843.00 for 16 computers and software for the Laredo Public Library and its branches. This grant requires a one third match, which will be funded from General Fund in the amount of $10,421.00. The total cost of the computers is $31,264.00. The City Manager is authorized to amend the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004 – 2005 Annual Budget by reducing the Annual Budget in the amount of $7,236.00 and providing for an effective date. 

 

3.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances, Chapter 17 Library, Article1, in general, Section “Fines and Fees for Library Services” allowing for the addition of new fees associated with new and expanded services, the deletion of fees for services no longer offered, and the updating of policies and procedures associated with these services at Laredo Public Library and its branches, providing for publication and effective date. 

 

4.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004 – 2005 Civic Center Budget, by appropriating an opening balance in the amount of $62,999.00 to the building improvements line item for continuing Civic Center improvement projects.

 

5.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance establishing a 15% penalty on the 2004 delinquent tax accounts as of July 1, 2005 to defray costs of collection pursuant to section 33.07 (a) of the Texas State Property Tax Code; providing for publication and effective date.

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

VIII.           INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

6.          Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey fee simple title to Mr. Pablo David Morales for the sale of the “Surface Only” of a tract of land containing 12,894.06 sq. ft. (0.2960 of an acre), more or less, comprised of the northwest 212.01 sq. ft. of Lot 7, the west 5,737.55 sq. ft. of Lot 9, and all of Lot 10, Block 994, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, as described on the attached exhibit, said property is being sold to the sole bidder as awarded by City Council pursuant to its public sale; and providing for an effective date.  (Action needed on item #30 prior to introduction of ordinance)

 

IX.               FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

7.           

2005-O-076                  Amending Chapter 19, Article IV. Bicycles and Play Vehicles, of the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances by adding Division 3. Play Vehicles; by adding Section 19-125 Definitions; Section 19-126 Prohibition regarding motor assisted scooter; Section 19-127 Prohibition of play vehicle use; Section 19-128 Helmets required; Section 19-129 Seizure for violation; and providing for publication; providing for severability and an effective date.  (As Amended)

 

2005-O-078                  Approving the public sale of Lots 1, 2, 3, and 4 on Block 276A Western Division located on the south side of the 1500 Block of Zaragoza Street in the Central Business District of the City of Laredo to El Portal Center, LLC, sole bidder, meeting all bid specifications in the amount of One Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($1,500,000.00); authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary conveyance documents; and providing for effective date.

 

2005-O-079                  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2004–2005 Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $19,177.00 from Mercy Ministries of Laredo for the City of Laredo Health Department to support their efforts in providing limited amount of public health medications to their patients. This contract period is from March 1, 2005 through March 1, 2006.

 

2005-O-080                  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2004-2005 Annual Budget by increasing revenues and expenditures by $8,789.00 from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Outreach Project of the City of Laredo Health Department, and to extend the grant period two additional months. The term period would be September 1, 2004 through June 30, 2005; and authorizing the City Manager to execute the contract.

 

2005-O-081                  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2004 – 2005 Annual Budget by increasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $3,400.00 from the University of Texas at San Antonio for a “Walking in Laredo/Andando en Laredo” (Pilot) Pedometer Pilot Study by the City of Laredo Health Department, for the term February 9, 2005 through June 30, 2005.

 

2005-O-082                  Amending Chapter 14 (Garbage, Trash, & Refuse) of the Code of Ordinances, specifically to revise landfill fees to allow other counties or municipal entities outside Webb County to pay $30.00 per ton provided they have an Interlocal Agreement with the City of Laredo.

 

 

2005-O-083                  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement with Laredo Independent School District for approximately 28,800 square feet constituting Building No. 1005 located at 4608 Daugherty Avenue at the Laredo International Airport. Lease term is for three (3) years commencing on June 1, 2005 and ending on May 31, 2008, and may be extended for two (2) terms of one (1) year ending on May 31, 2009 and May 31, 2010. Lease may be terminated by either party upon giving ninety (90) day notice from the party terminating to the other. Initial monthly rent shall be $7,200.00 and shall be adjusted annually during the primary and extension terms of this lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

2005-O-084                  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey fee simple title to the “Surface Only”, at its adjusted market value of $8,000.00, for certain property described as a 0.1853 of an acre (8,073.49 sq. ft.) tract of land, more or less, out of that former section of Chihuahua Street between Texas and the east right – of – way line of U.S. Highway 83 to Hector Cabello; provided that the City of Laredo retains the entire tract as a utility easement; said tract being situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, being generally described on attached Exhibit “A”; and providing for an effective date.

 

2005-O-085                  Abandoning the 20 ft. wide Sewer & Drainage Utility Easement on the north side of a 4.40 acre tract abutting Cheyenne Subdivision, Phase I, and authorizing the City Manager to execute a Quitclaim and Release of Easement to Romacat, Ltd; and providing for effective date.

 

2005-O-086                  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an interlocal agreement between the City of Laredo and Laredo Independent School District and amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004 – 2005 Capital Improvement Project Fund Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $2,000.00 for the installation of one (1) solar powered school zone flashing beacon assembly. Revenues consist of contributions from the Laredo Independent School District (LISD) with a 50% match from the City. Total project cost is $4,000.00.

 

X.                 RESOLUTIONS

 

8.          2005-R-031     Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Interlocal Agreement between the County of Jim Hogg and the City of Laredo for the collection of landfill fees for disposal of garbage at the City’s landfill site by the County of Jim Hogg on a daily basis for a one year term.

 

9.          2005-R-032     Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Interlocal Agreement between the County of Zapata and the City of Laredo for the collection of landfill fees for the disposal of garbage at the City’s landfill site by the County of Zapata on a daily basis for a one year term.

 

10.      2005-R-033     Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Interlocal Agreement between the City of Encinal and the City of Laredo for the collection of landfill fees for disposal of garbage at the City’s landfill site by the City of Encinal on a daily basis for a one year term.

 

11.      2005-R-035     Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of State and Local Government Coordination & Preparedness. This grant will be for equipment and is offered under the Fiscal Year 2005 Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program.

 

12.      2005-R-036     Authorizing the City Manager to submit a supplemental grant application to the Texas Automobile Theft Prevention Authority to fund the Laredo Auto Task Force for the period of September 1, 2005 through August 31, 2006. This supplemental application will be for equipment and will not require a match by the City of Laredo.

 

13.      2005-R-037     Authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute an interlocal government agreement between the City of Laredo Police Department and the Webb County Sheriff’s Office. The purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is to jointly apply for a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), in the amount of $124,624.00. This MOU is required in order to receive funding from BJA.

 

14.      2005-R-038     Confirming the City Manager’s recommended appointment of a member to the Fire Fighters’ & Police Officers’ Civil Service Commission of the City of Laredo.

 

15.      2005-R-039     Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an interlocal government agreement with Texas A&M International University regarding expansion of the City of Laredo’s Rainfall Monitoring Program by operating and maintaining rainfall gauges owned by TAMIU, for a term of one (1) year, with the City’s option to renew annually.  

 

XI.               MOTIONS

 

16.      Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the sole bidder Gilmar Construction Ltd., Laredo, Texas, for the Laredo International Airport East Fuel Farm Paving and Fencing Improvements in the base bid amount of $126,687.00. Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund – FAA Grant #30 – Improvements Other Than Buildings.

 

17.      Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 1 an increase of $11,873.05, for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place and the addition of thirty-nine (39) calendar days to the construction contract time; acceptance of the Laredo International Airport Reconstruction of Portions of Taxiway G; and approval of final payment in the amount of $81,795.64 to Ramos Industries, Inc., Pasadena, Texas. Final contract amount is $663,583.05. Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund – FAA Grant # 38 – Improvements Other Than Buildings and Retainage Payable.

 

18.      Consideration for approval of the selection of Juarez Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas, for water, sanitary sewer, storm drainage and paving improvements on the Piedra China Street / Texas Avenue area in South Laredo and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract. The Water Issues Committee recommended to fund the water and sewer improvements for this project from United Water Privatization Savings.

 

19.      A construction contract to the lowest bidder Jupe Environmental, San Antonio, Texas for the Asbestos Abatement Schedule 1 for the Laredo International Airport Building nos. 1228, 1429, 1430, 1431, 1432, 1169, 123, 861 and 979 in the bid amount of $187,401.60. Funding is available in the Airport Fund / Demolition Costs.

 

20.      Approval of a construction contract to the lowest bidder Access Environmental, San Antonio, Texas for the Demolition Schedule 2 for the Laredo International Airport Buildings nos. 1228, 1169, 1331, 123, 979, 1429, 1430, 1431, 1432 in the base bid amount of $149,467.00 plus Alternates 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10 in the amount of $150,350.00 for a total award of $299,825.00. Funding is available in the Airport Fund/ Demolition Costs.

 

21.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of one sweeper for the Engineering Department – Public Works Division in the total amount of $116,976.00 from Kinloch Equipment and Supply Inc., Houston, Texas, through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (Buy Board). Funding is available from the Texas Public Property Finance Contractual Obligation (PPFCO) proceeds.  

 

22.      Authorizing the City Manager to amend its 2003 Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) contract with the Laredo – Webb County Community Action Agency by extending the contract deadline from June 1, 2005 to September 15, 2005. The 2003 Emergency Shelter Grant Funds are made available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

 

23.      Authorizing the City Manager to amend its 2003 Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) contract with the Laredo Homeless Coalition by extending the contract deadline from June 1, 2005 to September 15, 2005. The 2003 Emergency Shelter Grant Funds are made available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

 

24.      Consideration to authorize contract FY 05-070 to the Holiday Inn, Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $42,285.88. Holiday Inn will be the primary host hotel for the Miss Texas USA Pageant in accordance to the requirements of the hosting agreement. Funding is available in the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Budget.

 

25.      Authorizing the City Manager to amend the contract with Interlex Advertising Agency, LLC and decrease the total contract amount from $800,000.00 to $700,000.00.    

 

26.      Consideration to award contract FY05-069 to the low bidder, Columbus Country Ford, Caldwell, Texas in the amount of $45,788.00 for the purchase of four (4) mid-size trucks for the Planning and Building Department. Funding is available from Texas Public Property Finance Contractual Obligation (PPFCO) proceeds. 

 

27.      Authorizing  the City  Manager  to allocate an additional $25,000.00 to pay for final bills for legal services related  to  the  existing  retainer  agreement with the law firm of Bickerstaff, Heath, Smiley, Pollan, Kever & McDaniel, L.L.P., regarding the case styled Webb  County V. Gregg Abbott, Attorney  General,  City  of  Laredo, et al. in the 261st District Court of Travis County, Texas.   Funding is available in the General Fund.

 

28.      Consideration to authorize a contract with Cingular Wireless, utilizing the State of Texas Department of Information Services (DIR) contract pricing, in the estimated monthly amount of $2,050.00 for fifty (50) cell phones for the Utilities Department. Funding is available in the Utilities Department Budget.   

 

29.      Consideration to award a contract to the sole bidder, Koch Corporation of Louisville, Kentucky, in the amount of $776,301.00, for the soundproofing of thirty-one (31) homes. This is referred to as, Phase III of the City of Laredo Residential Sound Insulation Program, which is a component of the City of Laredo International Airport Noise Compatibility Program. Funding for this project is available in the FAA Grant #39.

 

30.      Authorizing competitive bid award to the sole bidder, Mr. Pablo David Morales, for the sale of the “Surface Only” of a tract of land containing 12,894.06 sq. ft. (0.2960 of an acre), more or less, comprised of the northwest 212.01 sq. ft. of Lot 7, the west 5,737.55 sq. ft. of Lot 9, and all of Lot 10, Block 994, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, in the amount of $26,100.00 as described on the attached exhibit.

 

31.      Consideration to award contract number FY05-053 to the low bidder, A-1 Scale Service, Inc., San Antonio, Texas in the amount of $79,878.00, for the purchase and installation of a new truck scale for the City landfill. Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

32.      Refund of property tax in the amount of $2,761.75 to the following taxpayers and companies:

1.   A refund in the amount of $740.13 payable to Jeffrey H. Tamkin Inc. due to a double payment. Account # 900-00003-119.

2.   A refund in the amount of $881.98 payable to Vimex LTD due to an overpayment. Account # 801-22024-106.

3.   A refund in the amount of $560.61 payable to Vimex LTD due to an overpayment. Account # 977-00008-070.

4.   A refund in the amount of $579.03 payable to Jesus Javier & Hector Martinez due to a double payment. Account # 900-90321-225.

 

33.      Approving monthly adjustments to the tax roll. The amount to be adjusted for the month of March 2005 represents an increase of $60,807.59. These adjustments are determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

34.      Consideration to approve the selection of Tedsi Infrastructure Group to design roadway improvements and traffic signal construction on Del Mar Boulevard at the intersection of Winfield Parkway on the north and John B. Alexander Parkway on the south, and to negotiate a professional services contract. 

 

35.      Authorizing the City Manager to award a professional services contract to Ferris & Flinn, LLC, Harlingen, Texas in the amount of $99,240.00 for inspection services of the Zacate Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements Project.  Funding is available in the Reserve Bond Appropriations Account.

 

36.      Authorizing the City Manager to negotiate and execute a Letter of Intent Agreement with Grass Valley Water Company (Grass Valley Water) to initiate a study that will determine the economic feasibility of purchasing source water located in Kinney County from Grass Valley Water, and to reimburse Grass Valley Water the cost of the study in an amount not to exceed $50,000.00 if the City Council determines for any reason other than affordability, that the project is not in the City’s best interest.  Funding is available in the Water Availability Fund, Construction Project Titled Ground Water Development.

 

XII.             STAFF REPORTS

 

37.       

A.           Presentation on stormwater management through stormwater fee/ utility, with possible action.

B.           Presentation by Land Design Partners on the Golf Course Feasibility Study for the City of Laredo, with possible action.

 

XIII.           GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

38.       

A.           Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

1.           Motion to reconsider the reopening of Cherry Hill between Sandman and Calton, with possible action.

2.           Motion to provide a four way stop at the corner of Marcella Avenue and Bustamante Street, with possible action.

 

B.        Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

1.           Status Report on the Martingale Creek Improvements, with possible action.

 

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

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding the construction of sidewalks on both sides of the 3600 block of Juarez Avenue located between Pierce and Baltimore Streets with District 7 Discretionary Capital Improvement Project Funds estimated to total $7,000.00.

2.           Discussion with possible action regarding the purchase and installation of bleachers at Father MacNaboe Park at an estimated cost of $ 6,200.00 with District 7 Discretionary Capital Improvement Project Funds.

 

D.        Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding establishing parking on the north and west side of Jarvis Plaza from 10:00 p.m. to  3 a.m.

2.           Discussion with possible action on setting aside $10,000.00 from District 8 Discretionary Capital Improvement Project Funds for the surveying of land for the water park.

3.           Status Report of El Portal Project and the Outlet Stores that will be located at El Portal Center.

4.           Status Report on Zacate Creek Project within District 8.

 

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.           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, April 13, 2005 at 6:00 p.m.

                                                                       

 

 

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                            City Secretary