CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2005-R-15

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

August 1, 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 June 27, 2005 and July 20, 2005.

 

V.                 COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

 

Communiqués

a.      Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores reports on the City of Laredo Municipal Court.

 

VI.               APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

a.      Approval of City Manager Larry Dovalina's recommendations to the Keep Laredo Beautiful Board as follows: 

 

1.      Roger Solano

2.      Jesse Gonzalez

3.      Fred Santos  

4.      Alejandro Aguirre 

5.      Doris Collins

6.      Rene Rubio

7.      Elmo Lopez

8.      Nelida Cisneros

 

b.      Appointment by Council Member Juan Ramirez of George Alglet to the Citizens Environmental Advisory Committee to replace Dr. James Earhart.  

 

VII.             PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.          Public hearing amending the 2003 and 2004 Consolidated One Year Action Plans by reprogramming 29th and 30th Action Year (AY) Community Development Block Grant Funds by (1) eliminating the Cross Street Park Project (29th AY) for $225,000.00 and utilizing these funds for the proposed Cigarroa Recreation Center Boxing Gym; (2) reducing the amount of funding for the Ejido Street Project (30th AY) from $1,000,000.00 to $850,000.00 for a difference of $150,000.00, and eliminating the Cheyenne Park Project (30th AY) for $50,000.00 and utilizing the combined amount of $200,000.00 for the proposed East Side Sports Complex (Acquisition and Design-Phase I) Project.

 

2.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease renewal with Securitas Security Services USA, Inc., for approximately 220 square feet of office space at Bridge I and approximately 120 square feet of office space and an exclusive office entry lane of approximately 540 square feet at Bridge II.

 

         1.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing September 1, 2005  
               and ending on
August 31, 2006.         

                  2.   Monthly rent will be $4,000.00 for both properties, including an                                

                                   exclusive office entry lane.       

                             3.  The lease may be terminated by either party with a thirty (30) day             
                                   written notice.

            

3.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004-2005 Fleet Fund Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $750,000.00 for the purchase of fuels. Funding is available in the respective City Department Budgets.

 

4.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute an Interagency Cooperation Subcontract between the South Texas Development Council and the City of Laredo to accept a grant award in the amount of $1,200,000.00 for the period beginning July 1, 2005, and ending August 31, 2006, from the State of Texas, Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division; and amending the FY 2004-2005 Communication System Fund Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $1,200,000.00. Grant funds will be used for the purchase of equipment for the City of Laredo’s proposed 800 MHz Trunked Radio Communication System Project.

 

5.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to implement the FY 2006-2010, 9-1-1 South Texas Regional Administration Strategic Plan as approved by the Commission on State Emergency Communication (CSEC) on July 21, 2005; and amending the FY 2004-2005 9-1-1 Regional Administration Fund of the City of Laredo by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $1,124,461.00 for administrative, equipment and program budgets for Webb, Zapata, Jim Hogg, and Starr Counties for the period beginning September 1, 2005 and ending August 31, 2006.  Funding for subsequent years is contingent upon future budget approvals.

 

6.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the FY 2004-2005 Convention and Visitor’s Bureau 250th Anniversary Celebration Budget to appropriate revenues and expenditures in the amount of $29,719.00 provided by the sale of 250th Anniversary Celebration promotional items, and entrance, registration and sponsorship fees / contributions collected at the 7 Flags – 7 Cultures Festival.  Funds will be used for scheduled 250th Anniversary Celebration events.

 

7.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 33, Environmental Protection, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo, Texas by creating Article III, Commercial Litter Prevention, which will regulate the handling and disposal of commercial litter; providing for severability, publication and an effective date.

 

8.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Ordinance # 2004-O-336 so as to accept a supplemental grant in the amount of $6,155.00 by the South Texas Development Council (STDC) with no matching funds and to amend the City of Laredo’s FY 2004-2005 Annual Budget for the NPDES Fund by appropriating this supplemental grant revenue to the appropriate expenditure accounts.  With this additional grant, the total amount for the STDC grant will be $46,983.00. The grant funds will be used to promote electronic waste (e-waste) recycling events, as well as for disposal fees for the materials collected.

 

9.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo FY 2004-2005 Annual Budget by increasing revenues and expenditures of $13,184.00 in additional funds totaling $65,919.00 from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for the City of Laredo Health Department’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP); extending the grant period three additional months from
September 1, 2004 through November 30, 2005; and authorizing the City Manager to execute said contract.

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

VIII.           INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

10.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with the Texas Migrant Council for approximately 1.158 acres (50,442 square feet of land) located at 5102 North Bartlett Avenue on Tract 3, Block 25 at the Laredo International Airport. Lease term is for two (2) years commencing on August 1, 2005 and ending on July 31, 2007, and may be extended for three (3) terms of one (1) year each ending on July 31, 2008; July 31, 2009; and July 31, 2010.  Monthly rent shall be $2,128.00 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

IX.               FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

11.    

2005-O-178                  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing the amendment of a Conditional Use Permit for a tattoo/body piercing parlor on Lot 12, Block 988, Eastern Division, located at 1802 Corpus Christi Street by extending the term of permit and by retaining all other previously required conditions; providing for publication and effective date.  

 

2005-O-179                  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for truck/trailer rental on Lot 1, Block 8, Crown Ridge Subdivision Phase 1, located at 502 Shiloh Drive; providing for publication and effective date.  (As Amended)

 

2005-O-180                  Authorizing the amendment of Ordinance No. 2004-O-270 which authorized a Special Use Permit for mini-storage warehouse on Lot 1, Block 8, Crown Ridge Subdivision Phase 1, located at 502 Shiloh Drive by revising the site plan; providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2005-O-181                  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning all of Block No. 24, Laredo Airport Subdivision, located at 4804 and 4812 N. Bartlett Avenue, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2005-O-182                  Amending the Fiscal Year 2004-2005 Annual Operating Budget in the NPDES Fund Budget by accepting a donation of $200.00 from H.E.B. Stores and appropriating said revenue and expenditures for the purpose of providing food for the volunteers at the Household Hazardous Waste and Used Tire Collection Event.

 

2005-O-183                  Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004-2005 Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $27,250.00 in additional funds, totaling $124,001.00 from the Texas Department of State Health Services for the Title V Family Planning Services of the City of Laredo Health Department to extend the contract four (4) additional months, from September 1, 2004 through December 31, 2005.

 

2005-O-184                  Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004-2005 Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $15,000.00 in funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services to assist with the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2006.

 

2005-O-185                  Authorizing the City Manager to accept a $4,237.64 donation from the Laredo Heat Soccer League and to amend the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004-2005 Capital Improvement Fund by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $4,237.64 in the form of a donation for the purchase and installation of lights at the Slaughter Park Soccer Fields.

 

2005-O-186                  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the Fiscal Year 2004-2005 Parks Capital Grants Fund to appropriate revenues and expenditures in the amount of $50,000.00, provided by Webb County, for sport lighting improvements at Father McNaboe Park Baseball Field; and $50,000.00 for specified improvements to be done at the Noon Lions Park.

 

2005-O-187                  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004-2005 General Fund Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $4,175.00 in the form of a reimbursement for repair costs incurred due to an automobile accident at Little League Field No. 3 located at the former Air Base.

 

2005-O-188                  Amending the City of Laredo 2004-2005 Annual Budget in the amount of $589,460.00 to fund the Laredo Autotheft Task Force and accepting an award in the amount of $346,000.00 from the Texas Automobile Theft Prevention Authority. The City of Laredo will be designating $211,810.00 in matching funds, and Webb County will be designating $31,650.00 in matching funds for a total of $589,460.00.  This grant is effective from September 1, 2005 through August 31, 2006.

 

2005-O-189                  Amending Ordinance #2004-0-186 so as to accept a supplemental grant in the amount of $23,000.00 from the Texas Automobile Theft Prevention Authority and to amend the City of Laredo’s FY 2004-2005 Annual Budget in the amount of $23,000.00.  This supplemental grant of $23,000.00 is 100% funded at no cost to the city. The 2004-2005 Texas Automobile Theft Prevention Authority grant for the Laredo Autotheft Task Force will now total $305,805.00. The funding period for this grant is from September 1, 2004 through August 31, 2005.

 

2005-O-190                  Authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to the lease agreement approved by Ordinance No. 2003-O-114 dated May 5, 2003, with KK Communications, L.P., for approximately 5,672 square feet constituting Building No. 962 located at 1816 Pappas Street at the Laredo International Airport.  Said amendment will specifically amend Section 1.07 titled, “Use and Use Conflict”, thereby allowing Lessee to sublease a portion of the leased premises.  All other terms and conditions remain unchanged and in effect; providing for an effective date.

 

2005-O-191                  Approving and authorizing the City Manager to execute a 0.042 acre easement to Arena Ventures Holding, L.P. for an underground storm drainage culvert under and across Arena Road as described in Exhibit 1 attached to this ordinance; and providing for effective date.

 

X.                 RESOLUTIONS

 

12.      2005-R-069     Authorizing the City Manager to submit an application to the United States Foreign-Trade Zones Board for a temporary boundary modification on behalf of Transmaritime, Inc., in accordance with Ordinance No. 2000-O-183 dated July 24, 2000. The Temporary Boundary Modification consists of temporarily transferring the designation of 2.0 acres from the City of Laredo, Foreign-Trade Zone Site No. 1 located at the Laredo International Airport to the new temporary site which shall be designated as Site No. 1-C and located at 14213 Transportation Avenue within the Interamerica Industrial Park.

 

13.       2005-R-070     Accepting the donation of a 0.008 of an acre (349 sq.ft.) more or less, parcel of land, as a Drainage Easement in the Milo Distribution Center, Phase I, from Killam Development, LTD.  Said parcel of land being situated in Lot 13, Block 2, Milo Distribution Center, Phase I, City of Laredo, Webb County Texas; as described on attached Exhibit A.

 

14.      2005-R-071     Accepting the donation of a 0.145 of an acre (6,327 sq.ft.) more or less, parcel of land, as a Drainage Easement in the Milo Distribution Center, Phase I, from Eduardo Salido, Jr., Partner in Stoneworks Management, L.L.C. Said parcel of land being situated in Lot 4, Block 2, Milo Distribution Center, Phase I, City of Laredo, Webb County Texas; as described on attached Exhibit A.

 

15.      2005-R-072     Accepting the donation of one utility easement from Oziel Renteria for the extension of utility service lines to the Ranchitos IV, Los Minerales Subdivision, this being a 1,149 square foot tract of land out of Tract 45, in the Ranchitos IV, Los Minerales Subdivision and being situated in Porcion 10, Abstract 280, Webb County, Texas and described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B.

 

XI.               MOTIONS

 

16.      Consideration to authorize the nomination of Daniel E. Migura, Jr. Administrative Services Department Director, for the 2005 Board of Trustees election for the Region 7 Position of the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Employee Benefits Pool.

 

17.      Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a Phase II contract with Sole Source provider, TransCore LP to provide an upgraded electronic toll collection system “Hardware & Software” for the Bridge of the Americas Project “El Portal”, in an amount not to exceed $1,578,510.00.  Funding is available in Revenue Bond Series 2005A.

 

18.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to the contract with the Laredo Entertainment Center for hosting the 2005 Miss Texas USA Pageant and to increase the contract from $100,100.00 to $105,226.52 to cover the LEC final invoice total.  Funding is available in the Laredo Convention & Visitor’s Bureau Budget, Miss Texas Division, Convention Hosting line item.

19.      Consideration for approval to award a professional services contract to Carrillo & Associates, Inc., Laredo, Texas for an amount not to exceed $43,885.00 to provide laboratory sampling and testing services of materials for quality control 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.

 

20.      Consideration for approval of the project plaque for the Lilia Perez Community Center.

 

21.      Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 2, a decrease of $17,821.00 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the Zacate Creek Linear Park Phase III, IV & V – Scope II – Project I, and approval of final payment in the amount of $14,780.88 to
J. Solis Maintenance and Welding Services, Laredo, Texas. Final contract amount is $295,617.50.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund – Construction Projects /
Zacate Creek Linear Park.

 

22.      Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 3, an increase of $17,821.00 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the Zacate Creek Linear Park Phase III, IV & V – Scope II – Project II, and approval of final payment in the amount of $21,287.25 to
J. Solis Maintenance and Welding Services,
Laredo, Texas. Final contract amount is $425,745.00.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund – Construction Projects / Zacate Creek Linear Park.

 

23.      Consideration to authorize the City Manager to sell surplus vehicles including two garbage trucks and one pickup truck to our Sister City of Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

 

24.      Approval of selection of consultant Carter & Burgess, Inc. (in association with Crane Engineering & DFW Infrastructure, Inc-CCTV Inspection Services) and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract to provide consulting services for the evaluation of Downtown Storm Sewer Systems and Illegal Connection Elimination Project.

 

25.      Authorizing the City Manager to extend the current contract for two years with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for 50% of a Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Medicaid Eligibility Specialist at the Health Department.  The total estimated amount for services to be reimbursed for the first year of the contract is $27,889.27, (October 1, 2005 through September 30, 2006). Funds are appropriated in the Women/Children Program and the Maternity Budgets.

 

26.      Consideration to award contract number FY05-096 to Rush Truck Center, Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $100,000 and Freightliner of Laredo, Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $40,000 for the purchase of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) repair parts and service for the City’s medium and heavy duty trucks.  All parts and services will be secured on an as need basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance budget. 

 

27.      Consideration to award contract FY05-116 to the low bidders, Caldwell Country Chevy, Caldwell, Texas in the amount of $28,092.00 for the purchase of two (2) mid size trucks; and Philpott Motors, LTD., Port Neches, Texas in the amount of $20,500.00 for the purchase of a hybrid sedan powered by a gasoline/electric engine. The trucks will be assigned to the Environmental Services Department and the hybrid sedan to the Keep Laredo Beautiful Inc. Project. Funding is available in the Environmental Services Department and Keep Laredo Beautiful Inc. Budgets.

 

28.      Consideration to award contract FY05-110, to the low bidder, Rochester Armored Car Co. Inc., Omaha, NE in the estimated annual amount of $57,222.00, for providing bank courier service for city operations.  The term of this contract is for two years and is subject to continued appropriation in future fiscal years. The new contract pricing is approximately 28% lower than the previous two year contract pricing.  Funding is available in respective departmental budgets. 

 

29.      Consideration to award a contract to the lowest and most responsible bidder, Envirodyne Laboratories, Houston, TX in the estimated annual amount of $31,405.00 for providing laboratory analytical services for water and wastewater samples in accordance to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved standard methods. The testing laboratory will be responsible for sample handling, analysis, and reporting for a wide range of environmental parameters in soil, water, and sludge samples for both water and wastewater applications.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department Budget.              

 

30.      Consideration to award a contract to American La France Gulf Coast, Houston, TX in the amount of $373,156.00 through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments Cooperative Purchasing Program, for the purchase of one (1) fire apparatus pumper.  The contract price for this truck is $381,948.00; however the City will be pre-paying 80% of the purchase price that will result in a discount of $8,792.00.  This truck will be assigned to Fire Station No. 14 located in the Cielito Lindo Subdivision.  Funding is available in the 2005 Contractual Obligation Bond Budget.

 

31.      Consideration to award a contract for the purchase of two (2) ambulances  from Wheel Coach Industries, Inc., Orlando, FL., in the total amount of $271,728.00, through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (Buy Board).  One ambulance is a replacement for Station No. 2 and the other will be assigned to Station No 14 located at the Cielito Lindo Subdivision.  Funding is available in the 2005 Contractual Obligation bond budget, the Capital Improvement Fund (CIP) Budget, and Contractual Obligation Fund.

 

32.      Consideration to authorize the installation of a total of three (3) speed humps on the 1100 Block of Eisenhower Drive and 1000 Block of Wilson Lane in accordance with the Speed Hump Installation Policy under the special provision for installation; project costs are estimated at $4,500.00.  Funding will be made available from Capital Improvement Projects – City Council District I.

 

33.      Authorizing the City Manager to contract with Freedom Construction, Inc. in the amount of $95,110.00 to construct a panel wall along the North Laredo Wastewater Treatment Plant. The cost for materials and installation are to be funded from the Sewer Construction Fund.

 

34.      Consideration to approve Change Order No. 1 in the amount of $73,642.09 to LEM Construction Company, Inc., for the Zacate Creek Odor Control and Rehabilitation Improvement Project to pay for additional concrete modifications, electrical modifications and waste handling services. Funding is available in the 2004 Revenue Bond Zacate Creek WWTP Rehabilitation.

 

35.      Motion to reschedule the regular City Council meeting of Monday, September 5, 2005, to Tuesday, September 6, 2005, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. 

 

XII.             STAFF REPORTS

 

36.       

A.     Presentation by the Parks and Recreation Department on the results of a study that identifies city owned tracts greater than 15 acres for the possible development of a water park.

 

B.     Submission of the Fiscal Year 2005-2006 Annual Budget as per Article VI, Section 6.02 Submission of Budget of the Charter of the City of Laredo which requires that “sixty (60) days before the end of the fiscal year, or any time before that, the City Manager shall present to the Council, in an open public meeting, after proper public notice, and having been placed on the Council meeting agenda, a budget for the ensuring fiscal year with an accompanying message.

 

C.    Presentation by the Rio Grande Regional Water Planning Group regarding the Long-range Water Plan for Region "M" that includes Jim Hogg, Hidalgo, Maverick, Star, Webb, Willacy and Zapata Counties.

 

XIII.           GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

37.       

            A.        Request by Council Member Alfredo Agredano

1.           Status Report on the Cielito Lindo Fire/Police Station.

2.           Discussion with possible action regarding the status of the Veteran's section of the City Cemetery.

3.           Status report regarding the resurfacing / paving of Century City Boulevard, North Century Drive, East Century Drive, West Century Drive, and South Century Drive.

 

B.        Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

1.           Discussion with possible action to consider naming that park section of Zacate Creek extending from Lyon Street to Park Street, the Eliseo Valdez, Jr. Park.

2.           Discussion with possible action to consider naming the Lyon Street Skate Park, the Dr. Cecilia M. Moreno Skate Park.

3.           Discussion with possible action to consider naming the East Central Park, the Andres "Andy" Ramos Jr. Park.

 

C.        Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

1.           Discussion with possible action on providing traffic support for back to school.

 

D.        Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Jose A. Valdez, Jr.

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding issues relating to civilian patrols along the border.

2.           Discussion with possible action to allocate a minimum of $2,000 for the current year operations of the Laredo Webb County Food Bank to specifically assist indigent Veterans and widows of indigent Veterans. 

3.           Discussion with possible action to create a no parking area on the west side of Santa Maria Avenue between Ugarte and Pace Streets.

4.           Discussion with possible action regarding the lowering of the fee for water aerobics for citizens 65 years and older from $30.00 to $20.00 per class.  

 

XIV.         EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

The City Council hereby reserves the right to go into executive session at any time during this public meeting, if such is requested by the City Attorney or other legal counsel for the City, pursuant to his or her duty under Section 551.071(2) of the Government Code, to consult privately with his or her client on an item on the agenda, or on a matter arising out of such item.

 

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

                       

38.      Consideration to award contract amount FY05-090, to the lowest responsible bidder in the amount of $152,490.00 to National Bus Sales, Marietta, GA, for the purchase of five (5) ADA accessible mini-vans.  Funding is available from FTA Federal Grant TX –90-X499.

           

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

 

XVII.       ADJOURNMENT

 

This notice was posted at the Municipal Government Offices, 1110 Houston Street, Laredo, Texas, at a place convenient and readily accessible to the public at all times. Said notice was posted on Wednesday, July 27, 2005 at 6:45 p.m.       

 

 

                                                           

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                City Secretary