CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2005-R-17

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

September 6, 2005

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 July 18, 2005 and August 29, 2005.

 

V.                 COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

a.      Recognition of Roberto Placido Hernandez for his selection as the winner of the Keep Laredo Beautiful logo contest.

 

Communiqués

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

b.      Report on the Convenio, “Reforma Integral del Sistema de Seguridad y Justicia”.

 

VI.               APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

           

a.        

 

VII.             PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 5.6 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at 4307 Loop 20, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended denial of the proposed zone change.

 

2.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 5 & 6, Block 1012, Western Division, located at 4001 Santa Maria Avenue, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended denial of the proposed zone change.    

 

3.          Second public hearing for the adoption of a tax rate of $0.637000 per $100.00 value. The tax rate will provide revenue for general fund and debt service. The rate includes $0.512019 per $100.00 value for Maintenance and Operation and $0.124981 per $100.00 value for the Interest and Sinking Fund of the Debt Service and will produce a tax levy of $47,466,861.00.

 

4.          Public hearing and adoption of Resolution No. 2005-R-083 adopting the 2006 – 2010 Capital Improvement Program for the City of Laredo.

 

5.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 19, Motor Vehicle and Traffic, Article VII Stopping, Standing or Parking, Section 19-362 City-Owned Parking Lots, Rates and Hours of Operation of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo to reduce the monthly parking lot rate for specific parking lots from $60.00 to $40.00 to provide affordability to customers, more particularly to employees of downtown businesses; deleting Bridge I parking lot regulations due to non-existence; and providing for severability, publication and effective date.    

 

6.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances as follows: Chapter 2, Article II, Division 6 (Pay Administration), Section 2-87.7 (12)(a), providing for a cost of living adjustment increase of 2.5%, except as otherwise stated in any Collective Bargaining Agreement; providing for an effective date of September 25, 2005.

7.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a multi year lease with the sole bidder El Portal Bridge Retail, L.P., a joint venture between El Portal Center, LLC owned by Horizon Group Properties, Inc., and Morgan Stern Realty Holdings and Laredo Duty Free Partners, LLC, an affiliate of Duty Free Americas that operates UETA Duty Free Stores. The leased property consists of approximately 32,542 square feet of unfinished retail space located at the corner of Convent and Water Street.

 

Lease will consist of:

1.      Twenty (20) year term;

2.      Annual rent:  Yrs. 1-4…..$488,130.00/yr. payable in equal monthly
                          installments of $40,678.00

 

Yrs. 5-8….$502,775.00/yr. payable in equal monthly
           installments of $41,898.00

 

Yrs. 9-12…$517,858.00/yr. payable in equal monthly
           installments of $43,155.00

 

Yrs. 13-16...$533,393.00/yr. payable in equal monthly
           installments of $44,449.00

 

Yrs. 17-20…$549,395.00/yr. payable in equal monthly
           installments of $45,783.00

 

3.      Percentage rent: In addition to the minimum annual rent, Tenant shall pay as percentage rent three percent (3%) of each dollar of Gross Retail Sales exceeding the following breakpoints (each a (“Breakpoint”):

Yrs. 1-4……..$400 per square foot of retail space

Yrs. 5-8……..$412 per square foot of retail space

Yrs. 9-12……$424 per square foot of retail space

Yrs. 13-16…..$437 per square foot of retail space

Yrs. 17-20…..$450 per square foot of retail space

 

4.      Tenant pays all taxes and utilities;

 

5.      Tenant pays for all “common area” expenses.

 

8.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004-2005 Health and Benefits Fund Budget and Solid Waste Fund Budget by transferring $3,100,000.00 from the Solid Waste Fund and appropriating it in the Health & Benefits Fund.  The amendment will draw down $3,100,000.00 from the Solid Waste Fund opening balance and appropriate a transfer out in the same amount to the Health & Benefits Fund for the purpose of funding the projected health insurance deficit.  It is the City’s intent to reimburse Solid Waste for the amount of the draw down at a later date.

 

9.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance adopting the Annual Budget for Fiscal Year 2005–2006; appropriating the estimated revenues, expenditures and balances reported therein for the year beginning October 1, 2005 and ending September 30, 2006, consistent with the financial plan described in said Annual Budget; and authorizing the City Manager to implement said Annual Budget.

 

10.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004-2005 Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $30,000.00 from the South Texas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (STCADA) for evaluating and monitoring services provided by the HIV/AIDS Program of the City of Laredo Health Department; and to approve the annual contract between the City of Laredo Health Department and STCADA for the term beginning July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2006, for these services.  (Action required on item #28 prior to introduction of ordinance)

 

11.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004 – 2005 Annual Budget by increasing revenues in the amount of $5,000.00 to the City of Laredo Health Department’s share of program income projected to be earned through fees collected from x-rays and Medicaid fee reimbursements by the Texas Department of State Health Services-Tuberculosis Elimination Program, for the grant period from September 1, 2004 through August 31, 2005.  The program income generated will be applied to further the activities and the scope of work of this program.

 

12.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004-2005 Annual Budget by increasing revenues in the amount of $2,000.00 to the City of Laredo Health Department’s share of program income projected to be earned through fees collected from client co-payments and Medicaid fee reimbursements by the Texas Department of State Health Services – La Familia Health Care Program, for the grant period from September 1, 2004 through August 31, 2005. The program income generated will be applied to further the activities and the scope of work of this program.

 

13.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004-2005 Annual Budget by increasing revenues in the amount of $9,000.00 to the City of Laredo Health Department’s share or program income projected to be earned through fees collected from vaccines administered by the Texas Department of State Health Services – Immunization Action Plan (IAP) Program, for the grant period from January 1, 2004 through August 31, 2005. The program income generated will be applied to further the activities and the scope of work of this program.   

14.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004-2005 Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $175,689.00 in funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services and from Program Income for the Immunization Action Plan (IAP) Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period of September 1, 2005 through August 31, 2006.

 

15.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to transfer $85,000.00 from the City of Laredo – Public Library Fiscal Year 2004 – 2005 Budget to the Friends of the Library Account. The $85,000.00 represents the required City of Laredo’s match of 10%-13% of the estimated $850,000.00 Universal Service Program grant application to the School & Libraries Division / Universal Services Company / Federal Communications Commission. The grant is currently in the initial review stage, and official funding confirmation is still pending.

 

16.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the Fiscal Year 2004 – 2005 250th Anniversary Celebration Budget to appropriate revenues and expenditures in the amount of $23,000.00 generated by sponsorship contributions from the 7 Flags 7 Cultures Festival. Funds will be used for scheduled 250th Anniversary Celebration Events.

 

17.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Section 23-3 Subsection (3) of Chapter 23 (Parks and Recreation) of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo to allow for rate changes in public swimming pool admission fees from $20.00 to $10.00 for seniors 65 years and over who participate in the water aerobics classes; providing for publication and effective date.  

 

18.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 7, Building and Building Regulations, Section 7-2. Same Amendments, Section 108.3 Building permit valuations, of the Code of Ordinances by deleting existing mechanisms for establishing valuations and creating specific valuations for the determinations of permit fees; providing for publication and effective date.

 

19.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo’s FY 2004-2005 General Fund Annual Budget to appropriate revenues and expenditures in the amount of $125,000.00 for attorney fees paid to De Anda Law Firm.  Expenditures will only be incurred and disbursed if the revenue is collected by the Tax Department.

 

20.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo’s Fiscal Year 2004-2005 El Metro Operations Fund Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $49,369.00 as a result of additional revenues from advertising and charters. Funds will be used for the purchase of fixed route bus parts.

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

VIII.           FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

21.       

2005-O-192                  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a paint and body shop on Lots 10-12, Block 1704, Eastern Division, located at 2802 Guadalupe Street; providing for publication and effective date.  

 

2005-O-202                  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 9.22 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A,” located on Loop 20 north of Winfield Parkway, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.       

 

2005-O-203                  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 3,893 square feet out of Lot 9, Block 1635, Eastern Division, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A,” located at 408 S. Arkansas Avenue, from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2005-O-204                  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1-3, Block 1, Iglesia Cristiana Misericordia, Unit 1 located at 4519 E. Del Mar Boulevard, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  

 

2005-O-205                  Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 2.74 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A,” located north of Hwy. 359 and east of Coronado Avenue, from R-1A (Single-Family Residential Reduced Area District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.   

 

2005-O-206                  Authorizing the amendment of Ordinance No. 2002-O-003 which authorized a Special Use Permit for mini-storage/warehousing on Lot 2A, Block 4, McPherson Plaza Subdivision, located at 1317 East Hillside Road by transferring permit to the current owner; providing for publication and effective date.      

 

2005-O-207                  Authorizing the amendment of Ordinance No. 94-O-139 which authorized a Conditional Use Permit for mini-storage/warehousing on Block 13, Calton Gardens Subdivision, located at 5115 San Francisco Avenue by transferring permit to the current owner; providing for publication and effective date.  

 

2005-O-208                  Authorizing the amendment of Ordinance No. 98-O-149 which authorized a Special Use Permit for mini-storage/warehousing on Lot 3, Block 2, Townlake Plaza Subdivision, located at 1234 Townlake Drive by transferring permit to the current owner; providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2005-O-209                  Amending Section 1 of Ordinance 2004-O-334 of the City of Laredo and authorizing an increase in the bridge toll rates schedule for southbound non-commercial traffic not utilizing the Automatic Vehicle Identification System (A.V.I.) or ColombiaSolidarity Bridge as further described in Exhibit “A” and hereby repealing all conflicting sections in all ordinances currently in effect.

 

2005-O-210                  Accepting funds in the amount of $128,600.00 from the South Texas 9-1-1 Regional Administration Division to cost share personnel at the Laredo Police Department Public Safety Answering Point in accordance to Section 771.0751 of the Texas Health and Safety Code and Rule 251.3 Use of Revenue in Certain Counties from the Commission on State Emergency Communications; and amending the Fiscal Year 2004 – 2005 General Fund Budget of the City of Laredo by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $128,600.00 for salary expenses for Laredo Police Department Communications Division.

 

2005-O-211                  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2004-2005 Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $384,653.00 in funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services and from Program Income for the Maternal and Child Health (MCH-Title V) Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period September 1, 2005, through August 31, 2006. (As Amended)

 

2005-O-212                  Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004 – 2005 Annual Budget by increasing revenues and expenditures of $7,219.00 in additional funds totaling $28,876.00 from the Texas Department of State Health Services for the Laredo Obesity Prevention and Control Project (LOPAC) of the City of Laredo Health Department, to extend the grant period by four (4) additional months, from September 1, 2004 through December 31, 2005.

 

2005-O-213                  Authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo’s 2004 – 2005 Budget, El Metro Operations Fund and Transit Capital Grants Fund, by $143,693.00 and ($179,616.00) respectively. El Metro Operations will be amended by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $143,693.00 from the transfer of Savings of Capital Funds from Federal Transit Administration’s Fiscal Year 2000 Grant No. TX-90-X499. Transit Capital Grants Fund will be amended by reducing revenues and expenditures by $179,616.00 to reflect the transfer of Capital Funds to Operating Funds. Local match of $35,923.00 is already appropriated in the El Metro Operations Fund and will be transferred to Sales Tax Reserve appropriation.  

 

2005-O-214                  Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2004 – 2005 Water Availability Fund Annual Budget by appropriating expenses in the amount of $3,000,000.00 by drawing down the opening balance for Water Rights Acquisition.

 

 

2005-O-215                  Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey fee simple title to the “Surface Only” at its market value of $14,900.00 for certain property described as a 19,859 sq. ft. tract of land, more or less, out of those former sections of Jarvis Avenue between Marion and Gates Streets (including its intersection with Gates Street) and Gates Street between Jarvis and Martin Avenues, 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.

IX.               RESOLUTIONS

 

22.      2005-R-074     Accepting the donation of one (1) utility easement from Arturo Salazar, III and Maria Marcelina H. Salazar for the Pueblo Nuevo Subdivision Easement Acquisition Project, this being a 0.1019 acre, more or less, parcel of land which is out of Lot 18, Block 18, Pueblo Nuevo Subdivision, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; as described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B.

 

23.      2005-R-079     Authorizing the City Manager to execute a non-financial agreement between the City of Laredo – Public Library and the Webb County Head Start Program to coordinate library services provided to Head Start families.

 

24.      2005-R-082     Authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute an Interlocal Government Agreement between the City of Laredo and the United Independent School District for the participation of the City of Laredo Police Department in the School Resource Officer Program. The Laredo Police Department will provide ten (10) officers that will be assigned to various middle and high schools for the 2005 – 2006 school year.

 

25.      2005-R-084     Appointing Steve Matthews, Lisa Morales, Neil Garcia, Robert Stanfield, and Guillermo Treviño to the Laredo Convention & Visitors Bureau (LCVB) Advisory Committee.

 

26.      2005-R-085     Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a non-financial agreement between the Literacy Volunteers of Laredo and the City of Laredo – Laredo Public Library and its branches to provide literacy instruction to adults with limited reading, writing, and /or limited English proficiency skills residing within the City of Laredo.

 

27.      2005-R-086     Accepting the donation of a tract of 12.05 acres from KNC Properties, Ltd. for the municipal purposes of drainage, parks and recreation, roadway access and all other similar uses deemed beneficial to the general public. The said 12.05 acres are described by metes and bounds in the dedication deed dated August 19, 2005 attached to this Resolution as Exhibit A.

 

28.      2005-R-087     Authorizing the City Manager to accept the second year of a contract in the amount of $30,000.00 from the South Texas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (STCADA) for evaluating and monitoring services provided by the HIV/AIDS Program of the City of Laredo Health Department, for the term beginning July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2006.

 

29.      2005-R-088     Adopting the City of Laredo Comprehensive Plan without amendment, in accordance with Article IX, Section 9.03 of the Charter of the City of Laredo.

 

X.                 MOTIONS

 

30.      Consideration to extend the current professional services contract (FY01-131) between the City of Laredo and A.G. Pellegrin, M.D. to perform drug and alcohol testing pursuant to the City’s Drug and Alcohol Policy for a period of sixty (60) days.  The current contract expired on August 31, 2005.  All services are requested on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Health Benefits Budget of the Employee Health Division.

 

31.      Authorizing the City Manager to opt out of the Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), effective October 1, 2005 through September 30, 2006, as a result of the City currently meeting or exceeding minimum HIPAA benefit provisions.

 

32.      Authorizing the City Manager to allocate an additional $30,000.00 to pay for legal services related to the existing retainer agreement with the law offices of William M. McKamie, P.C., for the lawsuit styled Pascual Miravete, et al v. the City of Laredo, Cause No. 2003-CVQ-001485-D2, in the District Court 111th Judicial District, Webb County.  Funding is available in the Airport Fund.

 

33.      Authorizing the City Manager to re-negotiate provisions of Sections 9.3 and 9.4, Section 17.2, and Section 20.5 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the City of Laredo and the Laredo Police Officers Association, dated October 1, 2002 to September 30, 2007.

 

34.      Authorizing the City Manager to re-negotiate provisions of Art. 15.2 and Art. 15.4 (C) of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the City of Laredo, Texas and Local 1390, International Association of Firefighters, dated April 1, 2001 to March 31, 2006.

 

35.      Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder ALC Construction, Laredo, Texas, in the bid amount of $67,797.50 for the Sidewalk and ADA Ramp Improvements along Juarez Avenue. Funding is available in the Community Development 27th, 28th Action Year / 2001 and 2002 Grants – CD Projects/City-Wide ADA Improvements.    

 

36.      Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder ALC Construction, Laredo, Texas, in the bid amount of $193,573.25 for the CDBG Sidewalks City – Wide Project No. 29 (25 Blocks). Funding is available in the Community Development 28th, 29th, and 30th Action Year, 2002, 2003, and 2004 Grant – CD Projects / School Sidewalks.

37.      Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder, J. Solis Maintenance and Welding Services, Laredo, Texas, in the bid amount of $146,655.75 for the CDBG Sidewalks City Wide Project No. 30 (22.5 blocks).  Funding is available in the Community Development 25th, 29th, and 30th Action Year / 1999, 2003, 2004 Grant - CD Projects/School Sidewalks.

 

38.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of one (1) vehicle for the Police Department – 911 Operations and one (1) vehicle for the Solid Waste Department from Philpott Ford in the total amount of $42,724.00 and an additional vehicle for the Police Department – 911 Operations from Ron Carter Autoland in the total amount of $15,253.15 through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (Buy Board) contract pricing. Funding is available in the Solid Waste and the Police Department Budgets.

 

39.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Interlocal Agreement for E9-1-1 Service, PSAP Equipment, and Addressing/Addressing Maintenance between the City of Laredo as Administrator for South Texas Development Council (STDC) and individually the Counties of Webb, Starr, Jim Hogg, and Zapata, and Cities of Roma, Rio Grande City, and Laredo for the period ending August 31, 2007; said Interlocal Agreements include an automatic renewal clause for future years.

 

40.      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.  

 

41.      Authorization to cancel the City’s contract for the usage of Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios de Monterrey (ITESM) services through advertisements on their INFOTEC system effective September 7, 2005. Funding will not be affected.

 

42.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to the contract with the Laredo Chamber of Commerce to share in the cost of operation of the Laredo Trade & Travel Center, located in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, by increasing the total cost of the City of Laredo from $50,000.00 to $58,003.00. Funding is available in the LCVB Fiscal Year 2005 Budget.

 

43.      Awarding a professional services contract to Carter & Burgess, Inc. (in association with Crane Engineering & DFW infrastructure, Inc – CCTV inspection services) in the amount of $260,050.00 to provide consulting services for the Evaluation of Downtown Storm Sewer Systems and Illegal Connection Elimination Project. Funding for the contract is available in the Environmental Services and Sewer Construction Fund.

 

44.      Consideration to award a contract to the sole proposer, Westnet, Inc., Huntington Beach, CA, in the amount of $55,016.02 for the purchase and installation of a fire station control system at the Cielito Lindo Fire Station Number 14. This system provides for audible and visual alarms for dispatching EMS or fire suppression crews. This system is currently installed at all other fire stations. Funding is available in the 2003 Contractual Obligation Bond.

 

45.      Authorizing the City Manager to amend the Laredo Webb County Food Bank, Inc. third party funding contract Section 4 by increasing the awarded amount by $2,000.00 from $16,875.00 to $18,875.00. An increase is requested to help the Laredo Webb County Food Bank exclusively assist qualifying veterans and their families who fall under the Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines of 2004.

 

46.      Approving an amendment to the concession contract dated February 4, 2005 with Alejandro Alvarez d/b/a/ Cindy’s Catering Service, to change the name of the concessionaire to Olga U. Alvarez d/b/a/ Cindy’s Catering Service; and to make an amendment to paragraph 13 of the contract to provide that prices and alcoholic beverages be under the sole control of the concessionaire, in order to enable the concessionaire to obtain a license from the Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission to sell alcohol at the Civic Center.

 

47.      Directing staff to prepare a service plan for the voluntary annexation of nine (9) tracts of land totaling 825.97 acres, more or less, as shown on Attachment “A”, in accordance with Section 43.052 of the Texas Local Government Code.

 

48.      Motion to set a date of September 12, 2005 to introduce an ordinance for the adoption of a tax rate of $0.637000 per $100.00 value. The tax rate will provide revenue for the general fund and debt service. The rate includes $0.512019 per $100.00 value for Maintenance and Operation and $0.124981 per $100.00 value for the Interest and Sinking Fund of the Debt Service and will produce a tax levy of $47,466,861.00.

 

49.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract for the purchase of 1,613.444 ac/ft per annum municipal water rights from Westbrook South Padre, L.P., for the sum of $2,339,493.80. Funding will come from Water Availability balances.

 

50.      Authorizing the City Manager to negotiate a professional services contract with Rathmell & Gilpin Engineering Company, LLC in association with PBS&J for the design of the North Laredo Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion Project.  Funding is available in the 2004 Sewer Revenue Bond.

 

51.      Authorizing the City Manager to award a professional services contract to Espey Consultants, Inc. for an amount not to exceed $267,854.00 to complete the Zacate Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Comprehensive Evaluation of the sewer system.  Funding will be provided from the Sewer System Construction Fund.

 

XI.               STAFF REPORTS

 

52.       

A.          Presentation by Mr. Dan Migura, Administrative Services Director, to update City Council on the proposed medical plan modifications and contribution rate adjustment with possible action.

 

B.          Presentation by Ms. V. Melissa Saldaña, Assistant City Attorney, to report to City Council on possible procedures for naming City parks, including a report of how other cities name municipal parks.

 

XII.             GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

53.       

A.        Request by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores

1.           Ratifying the  naming of East Central Park after former City Council Member, Blas  Castaneda, for his efforts in securing the park for his District.

           

B.        Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding re-distributing District 6 Capital Improvement Program discretionary funds totaling $26,369.00 from Street Recycling to fund the Unitec Regional Drive Project at a cost of $15,000.00 and the installation of speed humps on Sunset Street in the Regency Subdivision at a cost of $6,000.00. The balance of $5,369.00 is proposed to be held in reserve.

2.           Discussion with possible action regarding transferring $100,000.00 as identified in the Fiscal Year 2005-2006 Capital Improvement Program, from the North Central Park to the Trautmann Park.

3.           Status report regarding waterline breaks in the Regency Subdivision, with possible action.

 

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

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding the creation of a dedicated right turning lane on Mines Road (FM 1472) into La Bota Ranch.

2.           Discussion with possible action to instruct staff to revisit the impact fee process for future utility improvements.

 

D.        Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding the use of commercial meters at water hydrants by construction and/or development companies.

2.           Discussion with possible action regarding planting trees, including palm and oak trees, along Zacate Creek south of Park Street.

3.           Discussion with possible action regarding the water park.

4.           Discussion with possible action regarding the operations of El Metro by First Transit.

 

XIII.           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.

 

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

 

54.      Consideration to award contract FY05-113 to lowest bidder, Laredo Environmental Services, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $24,300.00 for the demolition of five (5) substandard properties in the Noise Abatement Lease Program. Funding is available in the Noise Abatement Lease Program Budget.

 

XV.           ADJOURN AS THE LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING CORPORATION AND RECONVENE AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL.

 

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

 

55.      Authorizing the City Manager to waive the parking fee for persons attending the Streets of Laredo Shop-and-Fest and implementing a flat fee charge of $200.00 to the Streets of Laredo Urban Mall Association for personnel costs, overtime and extra security for traffic and crowd control for the use of the parking facility on September 17, 2005 from 5:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

 

56.      2005-RT-003   Authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute the Texas Department of Transportation Grant No. 51622F7052 in the amount of $705,482.00 from the State Public Transportation Funds for Transit Operating Assistance.

 

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

 

XVIII.     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, August 31, 2005 at 6:30 p.m.

                                                                       

 

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                City Secretary