CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2005-R-010

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

May 16, 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 April 18, 2005 and May 2, 2005.

 

V.                 COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

 

a.      Recognition of Diana Garcia, 2004 -2005 Chair, and Lynne Nava, Committee Member from 2002-2005, for their service and dedication to the Laredo Commission for Women.

 

b.      Recognition of Gerardo “Jerry” Cantu, of Environmental Services Department, on his selection as April 2005 Employee of the Month.

 

c.      Recognition of the Environmental Service Department Staff for winning first place in the education division from Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) at the 2005 Texas Environmental Excellence Awards in Austin, Texas.

 

d.      Recognition by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores and City Council Members of Employees who retired from the City of Laredo with 20 or more years of service.

 

e.      Recognition of Octavio Salinas Elementary School Girls Basketball Team for being City Champions for three consecutive years.

 

Communiqués

 

a.            Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores reports on the City of Laredo Library Department.

 

VI.               APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

           

a.            Appointment by Council Member Jose A. Valdez Jr. of Rebecca C. Sepulveda to the Historic District / Landmark Board.

 

b.            Appointment by Council Member Gene Belmares of Nelda Juarez to the Laredo Commission for Women. 

 

VII.             PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Special Use Permit for mini storage/warehousing, on 1.73 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at Ranchway Drive and McPherson Road; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

2.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1 and 2, Block 1, Juan Morales Plat, located at 11102 Mines Road, from B-4 (Highway Commercial 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.

 

3.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning the Tex Mex Right-of-Way of Block 1343, Eastern Division, located at the intersection of Jarvis Avenue and Market Street, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

4.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for an amusement redemption machine establishment on Lot 8, Block 4, Western Division, located at 1309 and 1311 Iturbide Street; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed Conditional Use Permit.

 

5.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for inventory storage on Lots 1 and 3, Block 992, Western Division, located at 3902 Main Avenue; 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 53.65 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at 1450 Concord Hills Boulevard, from AG (Agricultural District) to R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the proposed zone change.

 

7.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 5, Block 110, Western Division, located at 502 Matamoros Street, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended denial of the proposed zone change.

 

8.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance to authorize the City Manager to accept $18,000.00 in contributions and amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004–2005 CVB Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $18,000.00 to the Convention and Visitors Bureau Fund.  

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

VIII.           INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

  

9.          Amending City of Laredo Code of Ordinance, Chapter 23 Parks and Recreation, by adding Section 23.8, prohibiting child sex offenders from entering any city park and from loitering on a public way within 300 feet of a city park; and defining Child Safety Zone, City Park, Child Sex Offender, Loiter and Public Way; providing for enforcement procedures and penalties; and providing for severability and effective date. 

 

10.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey fee simple title to Robert W. McMahon for the “Surface Only” at its market value of $2,400.00 for certain property described as a tract of land containing 900 square feet or 0.02066 of an acre, more or less, situated in Porcion 25, Abstract 50, Webb County, Texas, being generally described on attached Exhibit; and providing for an effective date.

 

11.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey fee simple title to El Portal Center, LLC., for the “Surface Only”, at its market value of $100,000.00 for certain property described as being a 6,666 sq. ft. tract of land, more or less, out of that former section of Davis Avenue between Zaragoza and Water Streets, situated in the Western Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas being generally described on the attached Exhibit; and providing for an effective date.

 

IX.               FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

12.       

2005-O-093                  Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004 - 2005 Airport Construction Budget to recognize additional revenues from a grant received from the Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program being Grant Project No. 3-48-0136-44-05 in the amount of $4,271,932.00 to rehabilitate a portion of Runway 17R and to improve runway safety area at the Laredo International Airport and appropriating said grant revenue and local match to the appropriate expenditure accounts and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment. This grant in the amount of $4,271,932.00 was augmented by the amount of $1,271,932.00 from the original grant announcement of $3,000,000.00.

 

2005-O-094                  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning the North 2/3 of Lots 1 and 2, Block 1738, Eastern Division, located at the intersection of Zacatecas Street and Arkansas Avenue, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2005-O-095                  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 1.64 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located south of Del Mar Blvd. and east of Country Club Dr., from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2005-O-096                  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1 and the west ½ of Lot 2, Block 993, Eastern Division, located at 1801 Market St., from R-O (Residential/Office District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2005-O-097                  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 7 and 8, Block 1016, Eastern Division, located at 2820 S. Hwy 83, from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2005-O-098                  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 12.85 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located west of Bob Bullock Loop, from AG (Agricultural District) to R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2005-O-099                  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning all of Block 5, Colonia Los Obispos Subdivision, Unit V, located at the intersection of Sierra Vista Boulevard and South Lucy Street, from R-1 (Single-Family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2005-O-100                  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 10, 11, and 12, Block 629, Eastern Division, located at 1102 Chihuahua Street, from R-O (Residential/Office District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2005-O-101                  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 48.18 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located east of Lakeside Subdivision, Phase 11 and 12 , from AG (Agricultural District) to R-1 (Single-Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2005-O-102                  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 26.28 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located approximately south of University Boulevard and west of Casa Verde Road, from R-1 (Single-Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2005-O-103                  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 13.03 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A,” located north of Summerwind Subdivision, Unit I, from R-1 (Single-Family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2005-O-104                  Amending the Fiscal Year 2004 - 2005 Annual Budget for Parking Meter Fund and 2002 Certificate of Obligation Fund by $408,781.00 and $1,091,219.00 respectively to appropriate proceeds from sale of land of Lots 1, 2, 3 and 4 on Block 276A Western Division located on the south side of the 1500 Block of Zaragoza Street.

 

2005-O-105                  Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances Chapter 33, Article VII entitled Stormwater Fees to include a new section, 33-445, as well as amending the stormwater rates for residential and multifamily customers and the rate for additional meters for commercial customers; providing for publication and effective date.                                  

 

2005-O-106                  Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004-2005 Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the additional amount of $35,000.00 for a total amount of $175,000.00 from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to continue the operation of the two continuous air monitoring stations (CAMS) by the City of Laredo Health Department, by extending the grant period which ends August 31, 2005, an additional six months. The term period would be September 1, 2003 through February 28, 2006; and authorizing the City Manager to execute the contract.

 

2005-O-107                  Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004-2005 Annual Budget by reducing the amount by $10,138.00 to reflect the actual award of $318,929.00 from the South Texas Development Council for the HIV/AIDS Ryan White Title II Services Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period of April 1, 2005 through March 31, 2006.

 

2005-O-108                  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a $20,000.00 donation from the Del Mar Little League and to amend the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004-2005 Capital Improvement Fund by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $20,000.00 in the form of a donation for the purchase and installation of lights at the Community Senior League Field located at 400 St. James. 

 

2005-O-109                  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount of $8,000.00 from the Texas Department of Transportation for the enforcement of the seat belt law and authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo’s Fiscal Year 2004-2005 Annual Budget in the amount of $10,112.00. This grant is for overtime salaries and is funded 100% by the Texas Department of Transportation. Fringe benefits totaling $2,112.00 will be paid by the City of Laredo.

 

2005-O-110                  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Laredo’s Foot Care Center for approximately 5,600 square feet constituting Building No. 1054 located at 4812 North Bartlett Avenue at the Laredo International Airport. Lease term is for ten (10) years commencing on June 1, 2005 and ending on May 31, 2015, and may be extended for two (2) terms of five (5) years each ending on May 31, 2020 and May 31, 2025. Monthly rent shall be $4,200.00 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index and further adjusted by fair market rent appraisal on the 10th anniversary; providing for an effective date.  

 

2005-O-111                  Authorizing the City Manager to execute Lease No. DTFA07-95-L-01050 between the United States of America, represented by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the City of Laredo and thereby merging FAA Lease No. DTFA07-95-L-01115 which ends on September 30, 2005, providing necessary land areas for Runway 17R Localizer (LOC) at the Laredo International Airport. FAA seeks to merge existing Lease No. DTFA07-95-L-01050 which ends on September 30, 2009, providing the medium intensity approach lighting system with runway indicator lights (MALSR) Runway 17R. Therefore, the parties hereto mutually desire to incorporate Lease No. DTFA07-95-L-01115 into Lease No. DTFA07-95-L-01050 for efficiency in the administration of FAA leases. There is no rental cost since FAA maintains and operates these facilities; providing for an effective date.

 

2005-O-112                  Authorizing the City Manager to execute Supplemental Lease Agreement (SLA) Number 1 to Lease No. GS-07B-15259 approved by Ordinance No. 2002-O-325 dated December 16, 2002, with the General Services Administration for approximately 1,313 square feet constituting office space occupied by the Transportation Security Administration located at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop at the Laredo International Airport. Said Supplemental Lease Agreement extends the lease term three (3) years until November 17, 2007, and revises the monthly rent amount to $3,166.67. All other terms and conditions remain unchanged and in effect; providing for an effective date.

 

2005-O-113                  Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease between the City of Laredo, as Lessor and L.A. Ventures, Inc., as Lessee, for approximately 3.64 acres of land known as Tract 9, Lot 1, Block 1, located at the Laredo International Airport Passenger Terminal Subdivision. Lease term is for forty (40) years commencing on June 1, 2005 and ending on May 31, 2045. The initial monthly rent is $3,508.00 and will be adjusted annually based on the changes in the Consumer Price Index and adjusted by fair market rent appraisal on 10th, 20th, and 30th anniversaries; providing for an effective date.

 

2005-O-114                  Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances, Chapter 15-Health and Sanitation, Article III-Cleanliness and Sanitation of Premises, specifically amending: Section 15-37 by adding definitions; Section 15-41 providing for Penalty; Section 15-42 providing for issuance of a Notice of Violation; Section 15-43 outlining process for Service of Notice of Violation; Section 15-45 providing for Assessment of Expenses of Clean-up; Section 15-46 detailing procedures for a Lien for the Costs of Clean-up; providing for publication and for an effective date.

 

2005-O-115                  Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances, Chapter 14-Garbage, Trash and Refuse, Article IV- Junked Vehicles by providing in Section 14-24 that Junked Vehicles are Nuisances; Section 14-25 amending the Penalty for Maintaining a Nuisance; Section 14-26, providing for Notice to Abate Nuisance; Section 14-27 providing for Hearing on Abatement of Nuisance; Section 14-28 providing for Disposal of Junked Vehicles; and Section 14-29 providing for Exceptions; providing for publication and for an effective date.

 

2005-O-116                  Authorizing an amendment of the lease dated May 18, 2004, as authorized by Ordinance No. 2004-O-039, with Morgan Stern Realty Holdings, LLC, Cathy Associates LLC, and Mary Associates, LLC, which amendment:

1.      Approves of transfer of lease to El Portal Center, LLC;

2.      Adds 31,764 square feet to the leased area (tract 6); and

3.      Adds monthly rental for tract 6 of $794.00;

Said lease amendment being Exhibit A of this Ordinance; and providing for effective date.

 

2005-O-117                  Opening as a public street and easement that section of Cherry Hill Drive between Sandman and East Calton Road situated in the Laredo Airport Subdivision, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; and rescinding Ordinance No. 2004-O-262 dated October 25, 2004, which closed the same as a public easement; and providing for effective date.

 

X.                 RESOLUTIONS

 

13.      2005-R-044     Accepting the donation of one parcel of land from Robert G. Haynes and Anna M. Haynes as a Utility Easement for the Chacon Creek Interceptor Project, Phase II.  Said parcel being a thirty (30 ft.) wide easement containing 0.19 acre, more or less, and being situated in Porcion 28, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; and described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B.

 

14.      2005-R-045     Accepting the donation of one parcel of land from the Corrections Corporation of America as a Utility Easement for the Chacon Creek Interceptor Project, Phase II.  Said parcel being a thirty (30 ft.) wide easement containing 0.82 acre, more or less, and being situated in Porcion 28, Abstract 241, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; and described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B.

 

15.      2005-R-047     Declaring the public necessity to acquire the “Surface Only” of one parcel of land for the River Vega Land Acquisition Project. Said parcel consisting of Blocks 1008, 2088,  and part of Block 2182, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, as delineated on attached copy of City Plat; and authorizing staff to negotiate with the owners for the acquisition of said parcel by purchase at market values 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.  

 

16.      2005-R-050     Accepting the donation of an easement for water and sewer utilities from John R. Daves, for the D-5 Acres Subdivision Easement Acquisition Project. This being a strip of land 15.00 feet in width, containing 3,142.44 square feet or 0.072 of an acre, more or less, over and across a portion of Tract 17 in the D-5 Acres Subdivision, and being situated in Porcion 33, Abstract 3084, Webb County, Texas, and described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B.

 

17.      2005-R-051     Accepting the donation of an easement for water and sewer utilities from John R. Daves, Juan P. Rodriguez and Ritha M. Rodriguez, for the D-5 acres Subdivision Easement Acquisition Project. This being a strip of land 5.00 feet in width, containing 1,047.48 square feet or 0.024 of an acre, more or less, over and across a portion of Tract 11 in the D-5 Acres Subdivision, and being situated in Porcion 33, Abstract 3084, Webb County, Texas, and described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B.  

 

XI.               MOTIONS

 

18.      Establishing a City of Laredo Sister Cities Youth Exchange Program and approving the bylaws thereof.  The program will consist of 16 junior and senior students from our local high schools which will serve as a catalyst for youth advancement through innovative and cross-cultural educational programs with our worldwide sister cities.

 

19.      Consideration to authorize the City Manager to sell surplus equipment to our Sister Cities of Monclova, Coahuila and Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

 

20.      Authorization to individually contract with the following bands that will provide the musical entertainment for the 250th Anniversary Celebration      7 Flags 7 Cultures Festival.

1.      Premiere Management and Entertainment Agency at a cost of $12,000.00. (Emilio Navaira and Elida y Avante)

2.      Ross & Friends at a cost of $2,000.00.

3.      Wild Root at a cost of $2,000.00.

4.      Diamondback at a cost of $2,000.00.

5.      La Clave at a cost of $2,000.00.

Funding is available in the Laredo Convention and Visitor’s Bureau 250th Anniversary Celebration Budget.

 

21.      Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract with the Laredo Entertainment Center for the purpose of hosting the Miss Texas USA Pageant which includes expenses for the Move-in / Move-out, Preliminary Competition, Dress Rehearsal, the Final Show and Live Telecast at a cost not to exceed $100,100.00. Funding is available in the Laredo Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

 

22.      Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder Ramos Industries, Inc., Pasadena, Texas, in the amount of $6,226,037.50 for the Laredo International Airport Reconstruction of Portions of Runway 17R-35L (Phases I and II), Taxiways B and D, and General Aviation Apron (Phase I) AIP Project No. 3-48-0136-042-2005 and AIP Project No. 3-48-0136-044-2005.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund / Improvements Other Than Building line items.

 

23.      Consideration to award contract number FY05-072 to the low bidder, Lamar Outdoor Advertising, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $34,320.00 for a one (1) year billboard advertising contract for the Airport along IH35 and Highway 59. Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund Budget.

 

24.      Consideration to award a contract to the sole provider, FMC Airport Systems, Ogden, UT, in the total amount of $58,496.00 for the purchase and installation of a replacement air condition system for jet bridge number four (4). The jet bridge was damaged during the storm/wind event of June 2003. This is the final component of the repairs needed for the jet bridge. Funding is available in the Airport Fund. This is a reimbursable TML expense for the storm/wind damages.

 

25.      Consideration to exercise the renewal option for one additional year for contract FY03-041 for the purchase of dealer repair parts for the vehicle fleet from Paul Young Chevrolet Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $25,000.00. All parts will be purchased on an as-needed basis. Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Budget.

 

26.      Consideration to exercise the renewal option for one additional year for contract FY04-049 for the purchase or automotive batteries from Laurel Battery, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $29,642.70. All batteries will be purchased on an as-needed basis. Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Budget.

 

27.      Consideration to award contract number FY05-079 to the low bidder, National Waterworks Inc., San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $641,051.00 for the purchase of PVC pipe for Utilities Department. These materials are purchased on an as-needed basis by the Utilities   Department – Water Operations for construction and repair projects. Funding is available in the Utilities Department Budget. 

 

28.      Consideration to award contract FY05-083 to the LOW BIDDERS, Laroche Industries Inc., Atlanta, GA; AOC Welding Supplies, Laredo, TX; FSTI, Manor, TX; Kemiron Companies, Inc., Lawrence, KS; DPC Industries, Inc., Corpus Christi, TX; Altivia Corp., Houston, TX; Bay Chemical Co., Odem, TX; Pennco Inc, San Felipe, TX; Polydyne Inc, Riceboro, GA; Nalco Company, Naperville, IL; and Univar USA, Corpus Christi, TX, for providing water and wastewater treatment chemicals for the Utilities Department. The annual estimated amount is $625,000.00. Funding is available in the Utilities Department Budget.            

 

29.      Consideration to award annual service contract number FY05-082 to the low bidder, Clementson, Inc., Edinburg, Texas, in the estimated amount of $155,000.00 for furnishing vacuum truck services to transport domestic sewage, sewage sludge and/or sludge for the Utilities Department. This service supplements the department’s equipment capabilities and helps control sewage overflows during emergencies. The frequency and number of hours vary depending on the City’s need. The bid price is based on a flat hourly rate of $70.00. Funding is available in the Utilities Department – Wastewater / Water Division.

 

30.      Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 2 to the construction contract with Leyendecker Construction, Laredo, Texas, for the City of Laredo Bridge of Americas Modification Project (El Portal) to add one hundred nineteen (119) calendar days to the contract time due to utility delays in association with Buildings A and B. The new contract time is six hundred sixty-five (665) calendar days. 

 

31.      Consideration for approval to reject the sole bid received for the McPherson Road Widening North of Del Mar Blvd. Phase II, Step “B” (Villa Court to Mahogany Drive) and to authorize the City Manager and Staff to construct the project in-house. Funding is available in the Transit System – Improvements Other Than Buildings. 

 

32.      Consideration to award contract number FY05-075, to the sole bidder, Rob K Concrete Products Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $31,570.15 for furnishing the prefabricated concrete rebar, wire mesh and other items needed for the upper Zacate Creek drainage improvements at the Gale Street crossing. The contract vendor will be required to provide the necessary rebar, precut and detailed, for the concrete channels, walls, and inlets for the construction of a bridge as per the construction plans. Funding is available in the 2003 Contractual Obligation Fund – Upper Zacate Creek Drainage Project.

 

33.      Consideration to award contract number FY05-094 to the low bidder_________, for providing laundry dry cleaning services for Police Department uniforms. The city must provide dry cleaning service for police uniforms as a condition of the collective bargaining agreement. Bids will be opened on Monday, May 16, 2005 and the contract vendor will be announced at the City Council meeting. Funding is available in the Police Department Budget.

 

34.      Consideration to award a contract to Austin Ribbon and Computer, through the State of Texas – Department of Information Resources (DIR) contract, in the amount of $31,264.00 for the purchase of sixteen (16) new computers for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “Staying Connected Grant Program”. Funding in the amount of $20,843.00 is available in the Friends of the Library Fund for two-thirds cost. The one-third match, $10,421.00, is appropriated in the General Fund.

 

35.      Consideration to award contracts to 62 qualified book vendors for library materials collection development for books and audio-visual products for a period of two (2) years. Funding is available in the Library Budget.

 

36.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute appraisal services contracts with:

1.      State Certified, Independent, Real Estate Fee Appraisers:

Associated Brokers Realty and Snyder & Associates, as property appraisers for a fee not to exceed $450.00 per appraisal and apartment complexes for a fee not to exceed $750.00 per appraisal.

2.      John Perez Residential Appraisal Services, State Certified, Independent, Real Estate Fee Appraiser, as appraisals reviewer, for a fee not to exceed $350.00.

3.      Santos & Associates, State Certified, Independent, Real Estate Fee Appraiser, as appraisals reviewer for a fee not to exceed $350.00 and apartment complex appraisals for a fee not to exceed $700.00.

FAA requires that contracts be executed in order to continue the administration of the City of Laredo International Airport Noise Compatibility Program. Funding is available in the FAA Grant # 39, Appraisal Fees.

 

37.      Refund of property tax in the amount of $8,448.41 to the following taxpayers and companies:

1.        A refund in the amount of $1,080.42 payable to Wells Fargo Real Estate Tax Service due to an erroneous payment. Account # 900-90311-137.

2.        A refund in the amount of $1,083.95 payable to Lane Bryant Inc. #536 due to a decrease in value as certified by the Webb County Appraisal Review Board, Supplemental #8.

3.        A refund in the amount of $3,849.96 payable to Team Iron Angel Ltd due to a decrease in value as certified by the Webb County Appraisal Review Board, Supplemental #8.

4.        A refund in the amount of $1,668.94 payable to Double Seven Realty Group due to a decrease in value as certified by the Webb County Appraisal Review Board, Supplemental #8.

5.        A refund in the amount of $765.14 payable to Maria Elena Romero due to a decrease in value as certified by the Webb County Appraisal Review Board, Supplemental #8.

 

38.      Approving monthly adjustments to the tax roll. The amount to be adjusted for the month of April 2005 represents a decrease of $2,664.41. These adjustments are determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

39.      Consideration to award a contract to Arcadis, Laredo, Texas in the amount of $79,900.00 for basic engineering services including a preliminary engineering report, surveys, design, and preparation of plans and specifications with cost estimates for the construction of a new lift station, a 24 inch gravity sanitary sewer line and 16 inch and10 inch force mains. The contract time is 90 calendar days.  Funds are available in the Sewer Plant Improvements Project and in the 1998 Sewer Bond.

 

XII.             STAFF REPORTS

 

40.       

A.       Presentation by Red Oak Consulting on the completion of the Business Continuity Plan for the transition of city water and wastewater utilities.

 

B.       Request to consider the removal of two (2) parking meters on Santa Ursula Ave. and Washington St., with possible action.

 

C.       Presentation by Dan Migura, Administrative Services Director, regarding the presentation made to the Health and Benefits Committee on May 10, 2005, with possible action.

 

XIII.           GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

41.       

A.        Request by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding the presentation of the City of Laredo's 250th Anniversary Commemorative Rifles to institutions for their public display in recognition of the City's 250th Celebration.

 

B.        Request by Council Member Hector J. Garcia

1.           Status report on the temporary street lights being placed on Casa Blanca Road and Bob Bullock to alleviate traffic.

C.        Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding the creation of a No Parking Zone on Livingston Drive, north and south of Shiloh.

 

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

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding the creation of an Independent Grievance Committee made up of appointees by the Mayor and City Council for non civil service employees.

 

E.        Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding the installation of 3-4 floodlights at the Civic Center to better illuminate the grass area adjacent to San Bernardo Avenue.

2.           Status report on the resurfacing of San Bernardo Avenue from Scott Street to Jefferson Street, with possible action.

3.           Discussion with possible action regarding the Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks Display at the Civic Center and Veterans Field.

 

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.

                       

42.      Request for executive session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072 in order to deliberate the value of, and the possible purchase of a 2.4 acre parcel of real property near the Laredo Entertainment Center, for parking and other municipal purposes, because deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the City Council in negotiations with third persons; and return to open session for possible action and direction to staff.  

 

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, May 11, 2005 at 7:15 p.m.

                                                                       

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

               City Secretary