CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2005-R-19

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

October 3, 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 August 1, 2005 and September 12, 2005.

 

V.                 COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

a.      Announcing the binational initiative for Día del Rio, scheduled for October 15, 2005, in which the City of Laredo, Keep Laredo Beautiful, the Lamar Bruni Vergara Environmental Science Center and the Rio Grande International Study Center together with Mexico’s Comisión Internacional de Limites y Aguas will join in hosting a beautification project along the banks of the Rio Grande River.

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

a.      Recognizing the City of Laredo Customer Service Representatives as part of Customer Service Week.

b.      Congratulating Dr. Hector F. Gonzalez, Health Department Director, as a recipient of the OTHLI Award by the Mexican Consul during the Fiestas Patrias.

c.      Recognizing Luis Gerardo Perez, from United High School, for his philanthropic efforts demonstrated through his community service project of collecting sports equipment to donate to our sister City of Lampazos, Nuevo Leon.

 

Communiqués

a.       

 

VI.               APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

a.      Appointment by Council Member John Galo of Melissa Cigarroa to the Laredo Commission for Women.

b.      Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores’ appointment of a Council Committee to work with City staff to bring a semi-professional baseball team to Veterans Field.

 

VII.             PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a nationalization of vehicles enterprise on Lots 8-12, Block 808, Western Division, located at 3019 San Bernardo Avenue; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed Conditional Use Permit.     

 

2.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager’s acceptance of a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the amount of $87,750.00 with $29,250.00 in matching funds for a total of $117,000.00 and amending the City of Laredo’s Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Annual Budget for the NPDES Fund by appropriating the said grant revenue to the appropriate expenditure accounts. The grant funds will be used for the Chacon Creek Stream Restoration Project, Phase-2.  

 

3.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Communication System Fund Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $1,400,000.00 respectively. The revenues are from lease purchase proceeds related to financing of necessary equipment for the 800 MHz Radio Communication System.

 

4.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 250th Anniversary Celebration Budget to appropriate a fund balance in the amount of $25,230.00 for a total budget of $59,665.00 for scheduled 250th Anniversary Celebration Events. 

 

5.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo 2005 – 2006 Annual Budget for the Communication System Fund in the amount of $1,159,758.00.  The City of Laredo will be utilizing these funds for the purchase of equipment for the City of Laredo’s proposed 800 MHz Trunking Radio Communication Project.  Funding is available as a transfer-in from various City Departments. 

 

6.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $16,500.00 in grant funds from the United States –Mexico Border Health Commission in coordination with the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) for the Border Binational Health Week of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning October 1, 2005 through October 23, 2005.

 

7.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 15, Health and Sanitation, Article VI “Indoor Clean Air”, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo, Texas by amending Sections 15-78 through 15-81; “Smoking in Public Places”, providing for violations, enforcement and penalties of the policies implementing this chapter, providing severability; and providing for an effective date and publication.

                                                                                                                                                                               

8.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo 2005 – 2006 Annual Budget in the amount of $124,624.00 and accepting a grant awarded by the Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance, in the amount of $124,624.00 for the 2005 – 2006 Justice Assistance Grant. The Office of Justice Programs is contributing the full grant amount of $124,624.00 with no match amount required of the City of Laredo. The City of Laredo and Webb County will each receive $62,312.00. The City of Laredo will utilize this funding for the purchase of equipment for Homeland Security purposes by the Laredo Police Department for the period of October 1, 2004 through September 30, 2008.

 

9.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance accepting a grant in the amount of $94,442.00 from the Texas Department of Transportation for the Comprehensive Commercial Motor Vehicle STEP Program and amending the City of Laredo’s Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Annual Budget in the amount of $44,442.00. The City of Laredo will be contributing a cash match in the amount of $24,668.00 for a total grant amount of $119,110.00. This grant is for overtime and fringe benefits.

 

10.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo’s 2005 – 2006 Annual Budget in the Capital Grant Fund by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $1,750,000.00 received in federal funds in 2005 to initiate the installation and activation of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

 

11.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Annual Budget for the Water Operations Fund by increasing the Full Time Equivalent positions (FTE’s) by five (5) and drawing down an opening balance and appropriating expenses in the amount of $469,424.00, for the addition of a five (5) member water distribution crew and equipment. 

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

VIII.           FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

12.       

2005-O-233           Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a mechanic, auto painting and body shop on Lot 5 and North 2/3 Lot 3, Block 927, Western Division, located at 3606 and 3616 Santa Maria Avenue; providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2005-O-234           Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 3.16 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at the northwest corner of Logistic Drive and Mines Road, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.                 

 

2005-O-235           Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 3.72 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at 100 W. Village Boulevard, from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.             

 

2005-O-236           Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for an outdoor amusement service on Lot 1A, Block 1, McPherson Acres Development Subdivision Unit 1, located at 5702 McPherson Road; providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2005-O-237           Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for outdoor storage of building materials on Lots 1 & 8 and west 1/3 of Lots 2 & 7, Block 9, Eastern Division, located at 601 Market Street; providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2005-O-238           Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Special Use Permit for the addition of an antenna to an existing communication tower on Lot 1, Block 1, U.S. Cellular Subdivision, located at 27005 F.M. 1472 (Mines Rd.); providing for publication and effective date.    

 

2005-O-239           Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Special Use Permit for oil and/or gas extraction on 1.65 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located along Wormser Road; providing for publication and effective date.      

  

2005-O-240           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.  

 

2005-O-241           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. 3-48-0136-46-05 in the amount of $1,000,000.00 to acquire Runway Protection Zone (RPZ) Land abutting the Laredo International Airport and appropriating said grant revenues to the appropriate expenditure accounts and authorizing the City Manager to implement said Budget amendment.

 

2005-O-242           Amending the lease agreement with the Airport’s Fixed Base Operators and Self Fuelers by increasing the Fuel Flow Fee Rate from $0.055 to $0.060 per gallon of aviation fuel received by the Airport’s Fixed Base Operators and Self Fuelers at the Laredo International Airport; providing for publication and effective date.

 

2005-O-243           Authorizing the City Manager to amend Ordinance No. 2002-O-195 dated August 19, 2002, Establishing and Adopting Commercial Aircraft Landing Fees and Landing Fee Rate for the Laredo International Airport, as follows: Increase the Signatory Landing Fee rate from $0.60 to $0.75, and add a Non-Signatory Non-Tenant airline category at a rate of $1.20 per thousand (1,000) pounds gross landed weight; providing for an effective date.

 

2005-O-244           Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an Interlocal Agreement with Webb County for the construction of a Splash Park at Father McNaboe Park and improvements at Lafayette and Farias Splash Parks, attached as Exhibit A and amending the Fiscal Year 2004 – 2005 Parks Capital Grants Fund to appropriate revenues and expenditures, provided by Webb County, in the amount of $275,000.00 for the Splash Park construction at Father McNaboe Park.

 

2005-O-245           Amending the City of Laredo 2004 – 2005 Annual Budget by decreasing revenues in the amount of $30,252.00 and accepting a grant awarded by the Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division in the amount of $49,748.00 for the 2005 – 2006 Violence Against Women Grant. The Office of the Governor is contributing $49,748.00 with the City designating $106,745.00 in matching funds for a total grant amount of $156,493.00. This funding will be used for the Domestic Awareness Response Team Program under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) for the period of September 1, 2005 through August 31, 2006.

 

2005-O-246           Amending Ordinance No. 92-O-194, dated November 23, 1992, which authorized the City of Laredo Police Department to charge designated fees for copies of case reports and traffic accident reports, and for arrest record searches and letters relating to thereof, fingerprint work and validating of taxicab meters to increase each fee designated therein; providing for publication and effective date.

 

2005-O-247           Authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute an amendment to Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Operating Grant TX-90-X664-01 to increase the grant by $1,016,596.00 from $2,081,869.00 to $3,098,465.00; and to amend the Transit System’s Operating Budget by increasing the Fiscal Year 2004 – 2005 FTA Operating Grant Contribution and decreasing the Transit Sales Tax match for Operations by $1,016,596.00 and providing for grant funds to be deposited in the City of Laredo Transit Fund.

 

2005-O-248           Closing as a public easement that section of the 300 Block of North New York Avenue between Chacon and Piedra China Streets, situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas, and providing for an effective date.

 

2005-O-249           Closing as a public easement a 34.55 sq. ft. (6.91’ x 5) parcel of land, more or less, out of the 1300 block of Green Street between S. Stone Avenue and the former S. Loring Avenue.”; authorizing the sale of the “Surface Only” of said parcel of land at the market value of $82.92; and authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey fee simple title to Patricia O. Hernandez and providing for an effective date. Said parcel of land is being encroached upon by the improvements of the abutting property being the N 2/3 of Lot 7, Block 714, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, described in attached Exhibit “A.

 

2005-O-250           Designating as a one-way northbound the 1600, 1700 and 1800 Blocks of Milmo Avenue, between Mier Street and Lane Street, during the peak hours of 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., and 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, during school days; providing for the installation of appropriate signs to indicate one-way traffic in the north direction; and providing for publication and effective date.

 

2005-O-251           Designating as a one-way westbound the 1200 and 1300 Blocks of Galveston Street, between Loring Avenue and McPherson Avenue, during the peak hours of 7:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m., and 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., Monday through Friday, during school days; providing for the installation of appropriate signs to indicate one-way traffic in the westbound direction; and providing for publication and effective date.

 

IX.               RESOLUTIONS

 

13.      2005-R-049     Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an Interlocal Government Agreement with Webb County, wherein the City of Laredo will design and construct the water and sewer improvements for Colonia Tanquecitos I, and Webb County agrees to pay the costs of design and construction of sewer improvements only, in an amount not to exceed $500,000.00, with grant monies Webb County received from the Office of Rural Community Affairs (ORCA), to be spent in compliance with ORCA’s rules and regulations.

 

14.      2005-R-063     Accepting the donation of a 0.9183 acre (40,000 sq. ft.), more or less, parcel of land from Killam Ranch Properties, Ltd., for the construction of an elevated water storage tank in the Northeast Laredo area. Said parcel of land being situated in Porcion 23, Abstract 283, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; as described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits A and B.  

  

15.      2005-R-094     Accepting the donation of one (1) utility easement from Margarita Rodriguez, Alberto Villa, Esteban Trevino, Socorro Romero, Brenda Newcomb, and Roberto Garza, Jr., for the Pueblo Nuevo Subdivision Easement Acquisition Project.  This being a 0.3457 acre, more or less, parcel of land which is out of Lot X1, Block 20, Pueblo Nuevo Subdivision, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; as described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits A and B. 

 

16.      2005-R-095     Accepting the donation of one (1) utility easement from Francisco Guerra, Jr., for the extension of utility services lines to the Laredo Ranchettes Subdivision. This being a strip of land containing 0.17 of an acre, more or less, out of Francisco Guerra, Jr’s., 39.24 acre tract, Parcel 3, and being  situated in Porcion 32, Abstract 296, Webb County, Texas, as described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B. 

 

17.      2005-R-096     Accepting the donation of one (1) utility easement from Francisco Guerra, Sr., for the extension of utility services lines to the Laredo Ranchettes Subdivision. This being a strip of land containing 0.21 of an acre, more or less, out of Francisco Guerra Sr., 39.24 acre tract, Parcel 2, and being situated in Porcion 32, Abstract 296, Webb County, Texas, as described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits A and B. 

 

18.      2005-R-097       Accepting the donation of one (1) utility easement from Ana Laura Gomez for the extension of utility services lines to the San Carlos Subdivision, Phase I. This being a strip of land 15.00 feet in width, containing 2,194.20 square feet or 0.050 of an acre, more or less, over and across Lot 3, Block 1, as recorded in Volume 4, page 34, plat records, Webb County, Texas, and described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits A and B. 

 

19.      2005-R-098     Accepting the donation of one parcel of land as a utility easement from Vaquillas Development, Ltd., for the North American Development Bank Water Distribution Project, said parcel containing 1.489 acres, more or less, and being situated in the City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, out of a 189.07 acre tract of land described in deed from E. G. Ranch, Ltd., to Vaquillas Development, Ltd., and recorded in Volume 1169, Pages 311-320, Webb County Official Public Records, and described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits A and B. 

 

20.      2005-R-099     Declaring the public necessity to acquire the “Surface Only” of a parcel of land legally described as  Lots 3B & 3C, in Block 1 of the William Bejarano Replat, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, as delineated on attached copy of City Plat, to be used as part of the Airport Runway Protection Zone for Runway 35R, and authorizing staff to initiate negotiations and acquire the property at its market value to be established by State Certified Independent Real Estate Appraisers; and further authorizing relocation benefit payments in accordance with the provisions of the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Act of 1970, as amended.  

 

21.      2005-R-100     Accepting the donation of one parcel of land as a utility easement from Hilltop Farms, Ltd., for the North American Development Bank Water Distribution Project, said parcel containing 1.220 acres, more or less, situated in Porcion 33, Abstract 3084 and Porcion 34, Abstract 762, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits A and B. 

 

22.      2005-R-101     Accepting the donation of two parcels of land as utility easements from E. G. Ranch, Ltd., for the North American Development Bank Water Distribution Project, these being:

(1)          A parcel of land containing 4.148 acres, more or less, situated in the  City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas out of a 20.000 acre tract described in deed from Marvin E. Melson to E. G. Ranch Ltd., and recorded in Volume 1190, Pages 103-105, Webb County Real Property Records and out of a 924.0 acre tract described in deed from Eloy Garcia and Bonnie L. Garcia to E. G. Ranch, Ltd., and recorded in Volume 451, Page 16, Webb County Real Property Records, and described  by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits A and B. 

 

(2)          A parcel of land containing 0.020 acres, more or less, situated in the City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, out of a 20.000 acre tract described in deed from Marvin E. Melson to E. G. Ranch, Ltd., and recorded in Volume 1190, Pages 103-105, Webb County Real Property Records, and described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits C and D.

 

23.      2005-R-102     Declaring the public necessity to acquire the “Surface Only” of three parcels of land for the McPherson Road/Hillside Road Intersection Reconstruction Project, these being:

(1)          A 50-square foot parcel of land out of Lot 1, Block 1, Samlon Joint Venture Subdivision, Phase I, as recorded in Volume 09, Page 32, Plat Records, Webb County, Texas, and described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits A and B,

 

(2)          A 199-square foot parcel of land out of Lot 1, Block 1, McPherson Plaza, as recorded in Volume 03, Page 30-A, Plat Records, Webb County, Texas, and described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits C and D,

 

(3)          A 312-square foot parcel of land out of Lot 78, Block 2, North Creek Subdivision, as recorded in Volume 03, Page 29-A, Plat Records, Webb County, Texas, and described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits E and F; and authorizing staff to negotiate for the acquisition of said parcels 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 parcels if staff is unable to acquire through negotiations due to inability to agree to a purchase price, conflict of ownership, owner refusal to sell, and/ or inability to locate the listed owner(s). 

 

24.      2005-R-103     Expressing the concern of City Council and urging the Federal Governments of the United States and of Mexico to bring their resources and attention to bear in a concerted effort to intensify their current efforts to obtain the safe return of all American Citizens, some of whom are from Laredo, to their parents and families.

 

25.      2005-R-104     Accepting a grant in the amount of $40,000.00 from the Texas Department of Transportation for the Comprehensive STEP program. The City of Laredo will be contributing a cash match in the amount of $10,537.00 for a total grant amount of $50,537.00. This grant is for overtime and fringe benefits for the Laredo Police Department.

 

26.      2005-R-105     A resolution of the City of Laredo Council to nominate a candidate for the Webb County Appraisal District Board of Directors and to cast 846 votes for City Council Member Hector ‘Tito’ Garcia, as the city of Laredo’s member to Webb County Appraisal District Board of Directors for the 2006 – 2007 term as per Section 6.03 of the Texas Property Tax Code. The remaining 228 votes will be cast in favor of the candidate for the Laredo Independent School District; and directing the Secretary to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the Chief Appraiser of the Webb County Appraisal District before October 15, 2005.

 

27.      2005-R-107     Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract with the South Texas Development Council and accept the grant in the amount of $100,897.00 for the HIV/AIDS Health and Social Services Project of the City of Laredo Health Department, for the period beginning September 1, 2005, through August 31, 2006.  The City Manager is also authorized to accept additional funds from the South Texas Development Council in support of the activities funded by these grants.

 

X.                 MOTIONS

 

28.      Authorizing the City Manager to accept agreed upon terms by Laredo Police Officers Association and the City of Laredo on September 20, 2005 in the estimated amount of $90,765.00.  Said amount is derived from the sale of Association Business Leave hours valued at $ 52,370.00 and Serious Illness Leave Hours with an estimated valued of $ 38,395.00.  This transaction is to be retroactive, effective as of September 30, 2005.

 

29.      Consideration to authorize the City Manager to negotiate a contract for the procurement and implementation of a new 800 MHz trunking radio communication system.  A Request for Proposal (RFP) was prepared to incorporate the City’s radio requirements and permit competitive and compliant proposals from the major radio vendors.  This system will replace the existing radio communication systems for the public safety and public service departments.  Two (2) vendors responded to the City request for proposal. 

 

30.      Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest qualified bidder Summit Contracting, Ltd., Laredo, Texas, in the bid amount of $687,767.80 for the Laredo International Bridge II Widening.  Funding is available in the Bridge Revenue Bond 2005A.

31.      Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Sepulveda Associates Architects, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for remodeling of the
Immunization Clinic and installation of new elevators at the City of Laredo Health Department and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the 2005 CO Account.

 

32.      Consideration to exercise the renewal option for contract FY05-060, awarded to the sole bidder, Rob-K Concrete, Laredo, Texas, for the purchase of rebar and wire mesh for a six (6) month period. This contract establishes pricing for these materials used for construction or repair projects scheduled during the next six (6) months. All materials will be purchased on an as needed basis. Funding is available in the Public Works Budget and the Capital Improvement.

 

33.      Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 3 an increase of $1,314,051.00 to the construction contract with Leyendecker Construction, Laredo, Texas, for the City of Laredo Bridge of Americas Modification Project (EL Portal) to expand the area on Building E by 18,800 square feet.  Funding is available in the Bridge Revenue Bond 2005A.

 

34.      Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into contract negotiations with general contractor LEH Contractors, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, based on the best value proposal received for Los Obispos Unit-5, Remediation Project, Phase III.  Only one (1) proposal was received. Funding is available in the Capital Improvements Fund – Los Obispos Housing Project.

 

35.      Consideration for approval of Change Order No.1 an increase of $17,290.00 to the construction contract with LEH Contractors, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, for the Los Obispos Phase I Project for additional quantities in the contract for all thirteen (13) units. Funding is available in the Capital Improvements Fund – Los Obispos Housing Project.

 

36.      Consideration to authorize the City Manager to sell surplus refuse equipment to El Cenizo, and to our Sister Cities of Acambaro, Guanajuato and Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon.

 

37.      Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Harry Jewett Associates, Laredo, Texas, for the Flecha Lane Drainage Improvements and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the 2005 CO Bond.

 

38.      Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Crane Engineering Corporation, Laredo, Texas, for the Maryland Taylor Drainage Improvements and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the 2005 CO Bond.

39.      Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract with Catholic Social Services of Laredo, Inc. (CSSL) in the amount of $45,135.00 to administer the City’s Fiscal Year 2005-2006 General Fund Welfare Assistance Program through which rental, utility, transportation, and health care assistance is provided to indigent individuals and families residing in the community.  The contract would cover expenditures for the period of October 1, 2005 to September 30, 2006.  Up to $40,622.00 of the General Welfare Funds would be designated for the assistance of indigent individuals and families of low income while $4,513.00 (approx. 10%) would be allocated to cover administrative expenses to include: overhead, wages, and office supply costs incurred by Catholic Social Services of Laredo, Inc.

 

40.      Authorizing the City Manager to amend the 2001 Home Investment Partnership Program, Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) Funds Contract with Metro Affordable Housing Corp. (METRO) by changing the type of housing construction from transitional to permanent housing.  This will allow Metro to construct 48 affordable housing units.

 

41.      Authorizing the City Manager resume the use of the City’s original trademark logo “Laredo, Gateway to Mexico” for the Laredo Convention & Visitors Bureau Marketing Campaign.

 

42.      Approval of selection of consultants Severn Trent Laboratories, Inc., Corpus Christi, Texas, and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract to provide analytical services on stormwater samples in accordance to EPA approved standard methods.  Funding is available in the Environmental Services Department.  

 

43.      Consideration to rescind the contract awarded to Link2Gov on July 6, 2003 for an internet and interactive voice response customer service system; and authorizing the City Manager to solicit new proposals for providing a system for accepting secure internet payments for City’s Utilities, Tax and Parking operations. The City was unable to finalize the contract award with Link2Gov due to programming issues relating to procedures required to interface with the City’s Sungard H.T.E. governmental software system.  

 

44.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract in the amount of $473,000.00 with the Laredo Development Foundation to promote economic development activities/projects. The Laredo Development Foundation’s mission is to create jobs, attract industry, and enhance local business, which they do through the Industrial Attraction Division, Small Business Development Division/Center, and the Special Projects Division.  Funding is available in the General Fund and Bridge Fund.  

 

45.      Awarding a third party contract to Laredo Veteran’s Coalition for Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 in the amount of $30,000.00 to provide health and social services to veterans; and authorizing the City Manager to sign and implement the contract.  Funding is available in the General Fund.

 

46.      Consideration to ratify the emergency purchase of 1,008 military type cots from Reyes Industries, Inc., San Antonio, Texas in the amount of $59,196.00. The cots were purchased for the various shelters housing Hurricane Rita evacuees. The City will submit for reimbursement for all expenses related to the Hurricane Rita relief effort from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

 

47.      Authorizing the City Manager to allocate an additional $25,000.00 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 Carlos Blanco, Jr. and Maria Gloria Gonzalez . the City of Laredo, Cause No. 2004-CVQ-000760-D2, in the District Court 111th Judicial District, Webb County.

 

48.      Consideration to authorize the purchase and installation of baseball field sports lighting systems for two (2) baseball fields, one (1) at Dryden Park and one (1) at Father McNaboe Park from Musco Lighting, through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (Buy Board) contract pricing in the total amount of $240,650.00.  Funding is available in the 30th Action Year – 2005 Community Development Block Grants Fund for Dryden Park Improvements, in the Parks Capital Grants Fund and the 2005 C.O. for Father McNaboe Park.

 

49.      Extending the existence of the Traffic Calming Ad Hoc Committee to April 30, 2006 as requested by the Committee in order to continue addressing traffic calming issues especially as it pertains to introducing different traffic calming device alternatives for existing residential subdivisions.

 

50.      Authorization to select and negotiate a contract with an engineering firm as announced at the City Council meeting to design the TAMIU 2.0 Million Gallon Elevated Storage Tank, and prepare construction plans and specifications.  Funding is available in the 2005 Water Bond Issuance.

 

51.      Authorization to select and negotiate a contract with an engineering firm as announced at the City Council meeting to design and prepare construction plans and specifications for the 2005 – Pump Improvements to the Mary Help of Christian (MOHAC) Booster Station, including the installation and modification of the booster station facility to implement a separate 4th pressure zone pumping system to connect to the proposed 18 inch water transmission line feeding the proposed TAMIU Elevated Storage Tank. Funding is available in the 2004 Water Bond Issuance.

 

52.      Authorization to select and negotiate a contract with an engineering firm as announced at the City Council meeting to design and prepare construction plans and specifications for the 18 Inch Water Transmission Line from McPherson Road to the proposed TAMIU Elevated Storage Tank, and provide a recommendation for an alignment with easement descriptions.  This project consists of extending approximately 5,000 feet of 18 inch water line.  Funding is available in the 2004 Water Bond Issuance.

 

53.      Authorization to select and negotiate a contract with an engineering firm as announced at the City Council meeting to design and prepare construction plans and specifications for the water and wastewater utilities relocation on FM 1472 Railroad Grade Separation due to Texas Department of Transportation Improvements.  Funding is available in the 2000 Water Bond Issuance.

 

54.      Authorization to select and negotiate a contract with an engineering firm as announced at the City Council meeting to design and prepare construction plans and specifications for the 18 Inch Water Transmission Line form MOHAC Booster Station to McPherson Rd. and to the North Elevated Storage Tank, and provide a recommendation for an alignment with easement descriptions.  This project consists of extending approximately 4,000 feet of 18 inch water line.  Funding is available in the 2004 Water Bond Issuance.

 

55.      Consideration to award contract number FY05-123 to the low bidders, Montemayor Construction, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $54,250.00 for asphalt repairs and J. Solis Maintenance & Welding Service, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $58,750.00 for concrete repairs. These services are needed after the Utilities Department personnel have repaired water line breaks. Funding is available in the Utilities Department Fund.

 

56.      Consideration to award contract number FY06-003 to the sole-bidder, Delta House Electric, Freer, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $100,000.00 for providing electric motor repair service for the Utilities Department.  All repair work will be secured on an as needed basis. Funding is available in the Utilities Department Fund.

 

XI.               STAFF REPORTS

 

57.       

A.                 Staff report by Laredo Convention & Visitors Bureau Director, Patricia Taylor, regarding the 2005-2006 CVB Marketing & Media Plan.

B.                 Staff Report by the 800 MHz Radio Communication Evaluation Committee regarding the proposed recommendation to negotiate a contact for the procurement and implementation of a city wide radio communication system.

XII.             GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

58.       

A.                 Request by Council Member John C. Galo

1.           Status report on the proposed Municipal Golf Course, with possible action.

B.                 Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding the City of Laredo's Employee Prescription Drug Plan provided by Blue Cross/Blue Shield.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member John C. Galo)

2.           Discussion with possible action regarding the initiation of a Request for Proposals for the construction of a water park.

3.           Discussion with possible action regarding non-operational street lights located by the Civic Center and in Downtown, specifically the 300 Block of Convent, the 300 block of Flores, and at the intersection of Zaragoza and Convent.

 

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.

 

59.      Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072 in regards to deliberation of the purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property, along the upper Zacate Creek for purposes of drainage improvements; because deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the governmental body in negotiations with a third person; and return to open session for possible action.

 

XIV.   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, September 28, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.                 

 

 

           

 

                                                                         Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                  City Secretary