CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2005-R-21

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

November 7, 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 August 25, 2005, September 6, 2005, and October 10, 2005.

 

V.                 COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

a.      Announcing Texas Recycles Day to be observed on November 15, 2005, and announcing a collection event on November 12, 2005, as part of Texas Recycles Day that will allow all participants to be eligible for a chance to win several prizes.

 

Invitations

a.      Tim Mata, Chairman of Feast of Sharing, and Bertha Mena, Co-chairman, would like to extend an invitation to the Laredo City Council to attend the H.E.B. Feast of Sharing Thanksgiving Dinner to be held on Sunday, November 20, 2005.   

 

Recognitions

a.      Recognition of Mario A. Gutierrez, of the Department of Community Development, on his selection as October 2005 Employee of the Month.

b.      Recognition of the Laredo Police Department, by the Eagle Pass Police Department, for their training provided on motorcycle patrolling.

c.      Recognition of Teofilo Estevis Jr., Solid Waste Heavy Equipment Operator, for placing 1st in the Texas Division Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Road-E-O and earning 2nd place in the International Road-E-O.

d.      Recognition of Rodolfo “Rudy” Alfonso Santos, recipient of the National Merit Scholarship Program, Commended Student Award.  (Mayor Pro-Tempore Jose A. Valdez, Jr.)

 

Communiqués

a.      Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores reports on the City of Laredo Convention & Visitor’s Bureau Department.

 

VI.               APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

a.       

 

VII.             PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.          Individual Public Hearings for the voluntary annexation of ten (10) tracts of land :

o       Tract 1: San Isidro Northeast Tract– 440.32 acres, more or less;

o       Tract 2: Killam Ranch Tract– 13.00 acres, more or less;

o       Tract 3: Hurd Ranch I Tract – 92.13 acres, more or less;

o       Tract 4: Hurd Ranch II Tract – 37.26 acres, more or less;

o       Tract 5: Hector Gaona Tract – 0.33 acres, more or less;

o       Tract 6: Rolando Gaona Tract – 0.74 acres, more or less;

o       Tract 7: Las Misiones Tract – 0.71 acres, more or less;

o       Tract 8: Carrasco Tract -23.39 acres, more or less;

o       Tract 9: E. G. Ranch Tract – 222.28 acres, more or less;

o       Tract 10: Tanquecitos Tract – 37.65 acres, more or less,

for a total of 867.81 acres, more or less, as described in the attached tract         summaries, as required by Section 43.063 of the Texas Local Government Code.

 

2.          Public hearing allowing interested persons to comment on the proposed amendment to the 2004 Consolidated One Year Action Plan by reprogramming a total of $45,000.00 of 30th Action Year (AY) 2004 Program Income funds allocated to Community Development Reserve Appropriation and utilizing the $45,000.00 to allow for acquisition, design, and construction of a new activity, the proposed Central Laredo Senior Citizen Center.

 

3.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Street Name Map of the City of Laredo by renaming Southgate Blvd., Lomas Del Sur Blvd.; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the amendment of the Street Name Map.

 

4.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance adopting Article 102.0045, Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, as added by Senate Bill 1704, “Court Cost to Reimburse Counties for Cost of Juror Services” and amending the Code of Ordinances, Chapter 20, Section 20-37 by adding Subsection (i); and providing for severability, effective date and publication.

 

5.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance adopting Chapter 133, Subchapter C, Sec. 133.105 (a)(b)(c), Local Government Code, as added by House Bill 11 “Fee for Support of Court-Related Purposes”, and amending the Code of Ordinances, Chapter 20, Section 20-37 by adding Subsection (j); and providing for severability, effective date and publication.

 

6.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo’s Code of Ordinances, Chapter 2, Article II, Sec. 2-16, which sets forth the Departments of the City, by restructuring the Engineering/Public Works Department whereby the Public Works Division will become the Public Works Department and renaming the Engineering/Public Works Department to Engineering Department; and by restructuring the Planning and Zoning Department whereby the Building Inspections Division will become the Building Services Department; and whereby renaming the Administrative Services Department to the Human Resources Department; the Management Information Systems Department the Information Technology and Support Services Department;  and the Landfill/Sanitation Department the Solid Waste Department; and providing for an effective date. 

 

7.          Second public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Ordinance No. 2004-O-087 by authorizing the granting to Batista Roman Enterprises, Inc., (a non-exclusive franchise commercial container service provider in the City of Laredo, Texas), an increase in service rates due to fuel and equipment price increases; and amending the franchise agreement to include Batista Roman Enterprises, Inc., dba Orange Waste Management.

 

8.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager’s acceptance of a grant from the Texas Forest Service in the amount of $2,000.00 with $2,000.00 in matching funds for a total of $4,000.00 and amending the City of Laredo’s FY 2005-2006 Annual Budget for the Keep Laredo Beautiful (KLB) Fund by appropriating the said grant revenue to the appropriate expenditure accounts.  Matching monies are available in the KLB account.  The grant funds will be used for the ShadeMasters NeighborWoods Program for the purchase of trees.

 

9.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 full-time equivalent positions by creating one (1) full-time Community Service Aide position with benefits in lieu of three (3) contractual positions in the Immunization Action Plan Program beginning September 1, 2005 – August 31, 2006.  Funding is available in program income.

 

10.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Annual Budget by increasing revenues and expenditures of $39,552.00 in additional funds totaling $105,471.00 from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP); extending the grant period nine additional months, from September 1, 2004 - August 31, 2006; and authorizing the City Manager to execute said contract. 

 

11.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo’s FY 2005-2006 full-time equivalent positions by reclassifying (3) three firefighter positions to three fire captain positions for the EMS Division.  Funding for these positions is available in the Fire Department Operating Budget in the amount of $59,971.79.

 

12.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the FY 2005-2006 Annual Operating Budget for Keep Laredo Beautiful by accepting four (4) donations: $500.00 from Westwind Development; $499.00 from Wells Fargo for the purchase of oak trees; and donations of $150.00 from Falcon International Bank and $100.00 from G.A. Palacios Construction for the purchase of food for the volunteers during the Make a Difference Day Project at Trautmann Park.

 

13.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo 2005 – 2006 Communication System Fund Annual Budget by adding one (1) full-time equivalent position and appropriating revenues and expenditures in the total amount of $94,311.00 to pay personnel and operating expenses associated with the 800 MHz trunked radio communication system.  Funding is available from the various user departments.

 

14.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Annual Operating Budget in the Fire Prevention and Arson Fund Budget by accepting a donation of $2,500.00 from Wal-Mart Stores and appropriating said funds for purchasing fire safety educational promotional materials for the Fire Prevention Division.

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

VIII.           INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

15.      Authorizing the City Manager to amend the airport advertising license with In-Ter-Space Services, Inc., d/b/a Interspace Airport Advertising and Display, as Concessionaire, authorized by Ordinance No. 97-O-303 dated December 15, 1997, and as amended by Ordinance No. 2000-O-290 dated November 27, 2000.  The proposed amendment will amend Section 7 (A) “Annual License Fees”, subsection (2) “Percentage of Annual Gross Receipts” and Section 7(D) “Definition of Gross Receipts, subsection (2) shall hereby be amended by adding subsection “f”.  This amendment will generate additional revenues to the Airport Fund. All other terms and conditions remain unchanged and in effect; providing for an effective date.

 

16.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Permit and Right of Entry for Access Agreement by an Off-Airport Rental Car Business with Gateway Rent-A-Car d/b/a Hertz Rent-A-Car, as Permittee, at the Laredo International Airport. Term shall be for nine (9) months commencing on October 1, 2005, and ending on June 30, 2006.  Permittee shall pay $1,200.00 per year plus six percent (6%) of gross receipts derived from commercial activity at the airport; providing for an effective date.

 

17.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Foreign-Trade Zone Operations Agreement with Valls International (Laredo) Inc., as Zone Site Operator, covering 15,816 square feet of activated space located at 302 Grand Central Blvd., Foreign Trade Zone Site 1-A effective December 1, 2005 and ending November 1, 2006, with two (2) options to renew ending on November 1, 2007 and November 1, 2008. Providing activation, administration and transaction fees be paid to the City; providing for an effective date.

 

18.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey fee simple title to Zita Martha Mendez, the “Surface Only”, at its market value of $5,775.00 for certain property described as a 2,100.09 sq. ft. tract of land, more or less, out of that former section of Malinche Avenue between Pecan and San Salvador Streets said property being situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, being described on attached Exhibit “A”, and providing for an effective date.

 

19.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a License Agreement with Nextel WIP Lease Corp., a Delaware Corporation d/b/a Nextel Partners for space at the South Laredo Elevated Water Storage Tank located at 2106 Mexico Ave., Laredo, Webb County, Texas and being more fully described in Exhibit “A” of License Agreement, for the installation and operation of certain antennae facilities for use in connection with its communications business and a parcel of land within the Owned Premises for the location of an equipment building and related facilities associated with the Antennae Facilities. Term of the lease is five (5) years commencing November 21, 2005 and ending November 20, 2010 with four (4) successive renewal terms of five (5) years.  Annual base rent shall be $15,000.00 each year during the terms of the lease and will be increased by five percent (5%) on each anniversary of the commencement date, providing for effective date.

 

IX.               FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

20.       

2005-O-262                Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning all of Block 488, Western Division, located at the 1100 block of San Ignacio Ave., from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to R-2 (Mixed Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.  

 

2005-O-263                Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 3.28 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located south of Riverhill Loop, from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.    

 

2005-O-264                Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 2, Alexander Commercial Subdivision Phase I, located at 7614 Rocio Drive, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2005-O-265                Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a thrift store and food services on Lots 1 - 8, Block 129, Eastern Division, located at 101 East San Jose Street; providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2005-O-266                Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 26.44 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A” and located north of Pita Mangana Road, from R-1MH (Single-Family Manufactured Housing District) to R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2005-O-267                Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 4.28 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A” and located on the north side of Pita Mangana Road, from R-1MH (Single-Family Manufactured Housing District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2005-O-268                Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for two (2) manufactured homes as temporary housing on 18.65 acres and Lots 1 through 7, Block 1, Del Mar Hills Subdivision Section 1, located at 10 Del Mar Boulevard; providing for publication and effective date. 

       

2005-O-269                Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 5, Block 1, Trautmann M & I Subdivision Unit I, located at 8601 McPherson Road, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2005-O-270                Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by a 1.831 acre tract out of Lot 1, Block 1, Rancho Verde Subdivision, located at 9652 McPherson Road, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  As Amended.

 

2005-O-271                Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a bar on Lot 1, Block 1, Rancho Verde Subdivision, located at 9652 McPherson Road; providing for publication and effective date.  As Amended.

 

2005-O-272                Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Annual Budget by increasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $8,463.00 in additional funds, for a total of $26,352.00 from the Texas Department of State Health Services for the Binational TB Card Pilot Project of the City of Laredo Health Department and extending the grant period of November 1, 2004 through September 30, 2005 to November 1, 2004 through December 31, 2005.

 

2005-O-273                Authorizing the City Manager to accept a payment of $56,350.00 from South Texas Paving Company, Laredo, Texas, in lieu of dedication of 1.61 acres of park land in Woodridge Heights Subdivision as required by the City of Laredo Annexation Service Plan; and amending the Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Capital Improvements Fund to appropriate revenues and expenditures in the amount of $56,350.00, provided by South Texas Paving Company for park improvements in the Village Heights Subdivision.  As Amended.

 

2005-O-274                Amending the City of Laredo’s Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Annual Budget by transferring (1) one Administrative Assistant II position from the Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grant (JAIBG) to the Laredo Police Departments General Fund 101-2320 Division.  Funding to pay for the salary and fringe benefits is available from within the Laredo Police Department Operating Budget. 

 

2005-O-275                Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Annual Budget by appropriating expenditures in the amount of $537,900.00 in the Laredo Police Department Trust Fund. Funding will be used to purchase operational materials and supplies and capital outlay equipment. Items include tactical vehicles, video time lapse analysis system, surveillance equipment, computer support equipment and maintenance, drug K-9 dogs, and other needed items.  Funding is available in the Police Trust Fund.  As Amended.

 

2005-O-276                Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Humberto Aguilera for approximately 996 square feet constituting Building No. 193 located at 5301 Maher Avenue at the Laredo International Airport. Lease term is for five (5) years commencing on October 1, 2005, and ending on September 30, 2010.  However, it is agreed by the parties that the lease may be terminated by either party upon giving a one hundred and eighty (180) day notice from the party terminating to the other. Monthly rent shall be $825.00 and shall be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index. Mr. Humberto Aguilera was the successful bidder meeting all bid specifications.

 

2005-O-277                Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Ronny Salamon d/b/a Avionics Services International for approximately 6,174 square feet constituting Building No. 1338 located at 4015 North Jarvis Avenue at the Laredo International Airport. Lease term is for five (5) years commencing on October 1, 2005 and ending on September 30, 2010.  However, it is agreed by the parties that the lease may be terminated by either party upon giving a one hundred and eighty (180) day written notice.  Monthly rent shall be $1,503.00 and will be adjusted annually accordingly to changes in the Consumer Price Index.  Mr. Ronny Salamon was the successful bidder meeting all bid specifications.

 

2005-O-278                Amending Ordinance No. 2002-O-047 and No. 2004-O-050 by dividing Precinct 345 into two (2) voting precincts to be numbered voting precincts 345 and 359;   and by dividing voting precinct 446 into two (2) voting precincts to be numbered voting precincts 446 and 458; providing for publication and providing for an effective date.

 

2005-O-279                Ordering and proclaiming a Special City Election to fill a vacancy for Council Member for District VII to be held on Saturday, February 4, 2006, designating polling places, designating the runoff date; and authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract with the Webb County Elections Administrator; and providing for publication.

 

2005-O-280                Accepting funding through a grant under Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Grant Program approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State of Texas in the amount of $97,640.00. Seventy-five percent (75%) of the cost ($73,230.00) will be provided by the grant and the remaining twenty-five percent (25%) of the cost ($24,410.00) will be an in-kind match from the City of Laredo.  This is to fund a project that will develop a comprehensive Hazard Mitigation Action Plan for the City of Laredo.

 

2005-O-281                Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with St. Patrick’s Church of a parcel of land of 3,455.00 square foot (0.0793 acre) located at the corner of Fenwick and Del Mar, as described in Exhibit A of Exhibit 1 attached hereto, for a term of 10 years at a monthly rent of $25.00; and providing for effective date.

 

2005-O-282                Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey a twelve (12)-foot-wide  Easement and Right-of-Way to AEP Texas Central Company for the installation of a three (3)-phase in-line pole to serve Fire Station No. 14 on Cielito Lindo Boulevard. Said twelve (12)-foot-wide Easement and Right-of-way containing 1,925.48 square feet (0.0442 of an acre), out of Lot No. 2, Block No. 3, of the Cielito Lindo Commercial Plat, recorded in Volume 23, page 56, of the Map Records of Webb County, Texas, being described on attached Exhibit A; and providing for an effective date.

 

2005-O-283                Establishing guidelines and criteria governing tax abatements by the City of Laredo; providing for severability; providing for an effective date and publication.

 

X.                 RESOLUTIONS

 

21.      2005-R-115     Accepting the donation of one parcel of land as a Utility Easement from the United Independent School District for the North American Development Bank Water Distribution Project, said parcel containing 0.61 acres, more or less, out of Lots 1 and 2, Block 1, Colonia Los Presidentes, Unit I, as recorded in Volume 7, Page 33, Webb County Plat Records; and described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits A and B. 

 

22.      2005-R-117     Accepting the donation of one utility easement from Abel Martinez for the extension of utility service lines to the San Carlos Subdivision, Phase I. This being a strip of land 15.00 feet in width, containing 1,801.12 square feet or 0.041 of an acre, more or less, over and across Lot 8, Block 3, 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. 

 

23.      2005-R-118 Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Interlocal Agreement between the County of Zapata for the daily disposal of garbage at the City of Laredo landfill site at a reduced rate of thirty ($30.00) dollars per ton for a ten (10)-month term, effective March 1, 2006.

 

24.      2005-R-119 Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Interlocal Agreement between the County of Jim Hogg for the daily disposal of garbage at the City of Laredo landfill site at a reduced rate of thirty ($30.00) dollars per ton for a one (1)-year term, effective December 8, 2005.  

 

XI.               MOTIONS

 

25.      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 National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES).

 

26.      Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to LEH Contractors, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, in the amount not to exceed $862,900.00 for the Los Obispos Unit-5, Remediation Project, Phase III. Funding is available in the Capital Improvements Fund – Los Obispos Housing Project.

 

27.      Consideration to authorize three (3) Dictaphone voice recorders through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) for three (3) Public Safety Answering Points (Roma Police Department, Starr County Sheriff’s Office, and Zapata County Sheriff’s Office) for a total amount not to exceed $45,000.00.  Funding is available in the 9-1-1 Regional Fund.

 

28.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of computers through the State of Texas – Department of Information Resources (DIR) cooperative purchase contracts, for City Departments.  Funding is available in the respective Departments’ Budgets.

 

29.      Authorizing the City Manager to reject the sole bid received in response to the “FY 06-005-Municipal Recreation Food and Beverage Service” bid proposal to provide concession service at Benavides Softball Complex, Veterans Field, and local municipal pools and authorize staff to solicit new proposals. The sole bid received was incomplete.

 

30.      Authorizing the City Manager to negotiate and execute an agreement with Daniel D. Wyers – A & W Development for the reconstruction of an existing monument sign, located on the City of Laredo Right-of-Way, at the intersection of U.S. Highway 83 South and Southgate Blvd. Developer will be responsible for sign expenses.  

 

31.      Consideration to award contract number FY06-012 to the low bidders, RM Personnel, Inc., Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $189,847.72 and Staff Force, Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $14,804.40 for providing contract employees for the Solid Waste, Police, Traffic Safety, and Convention and Visitors Bureau.  Temporary contract employees have been requested for office clerks, refuse collectors/litter abatement, and custodial positions.  Funding is available in the respective departmental budgets.

 

32.      Consideration to award contract number FY06-008 to the low bidders, J.C. Twiss Company,  Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of
$64,192.00; Mike’s Western Wear, Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $1,112.85; and Iron Age, San Antonio, Texas, in estimated amount of $920.00 for the purchase of safety footwear for city maintenance personnel.  Each department will have the option to choose the type of boot best suited for the work environment and budget allocation.  All safety footwear is purchased on an as needed basis from the respective departmental budgets.  The contract amounts are estimates based on historical usage.  Funding is available in the respective departmental budgets.

 

33.      Consideration to exercise the renewal option for one additional year for contract number FY04-105, for the purchase of general office supplies awarded to the low bidders, Patria Office Supply, Laredo, Texas and Executive Office Supply, Laredo, Texas.  Departments will be able to order from the vendors’ general catalogs.  Funding is available in the office supply line item budgets of the respective departments.

 

34.      Refund of property tax in the amount of $2,865.23 to the following taxpayers and companies:

1.      A refund in the amount of $2,292.45 payable to Eliud Acevedo, MD, due to a decrease in value as certified by the Webb County Appraisal Review Board.  Account # 947-10001-021.

2.      A refund in the amount of $572.78 payable to Humberto J. & Idalia R. Leal due to a decrease in value as certified by the Webb County Appraisal Review Board.  Account #945-00851-394.

 

35.      Consideration to award annual contract FY06-009 to the low bidder, JJJ International & Safety, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $139,394.00 for providing traffic marking paint for the Traffic Department – Safety Division and the Airport Department.  This contract establishes the unit pricing for traffic paint and glass beads used for street and runway/taxiway striping for a one-year period.  All items will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding will be available in the Traffic Safety and Airport-Grounds Maintenance budget.

 

36.      Authorizing the City Manager to establish a maximum limit of $1,000.00 per household for utility assistance under the Homeless Prevention Program; and authorizing the City Manager to enter into contracts awarding 2005 Emergency Shelter Grant funds (ESG) from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to the following:

1.      $50,000.00 to Sacred Heart Children’s Home for the operation of the shelter;

2.      $20,000.00 to Catholic Social Services for homeless prevention assistance;

3.      $26,893.00 to Catholic Social Services of Laredo, Inc. (CSSL) for operation of La Frontera Halfway House;

4.      $15,500.00 to the Laredo Homeless Coalition (LHC) for operation of the Guadalupe and Lilia Martinez Resource Center;

5.      $33,600.00 to the Laredo Homeless Coalition to provide essential services;

6.      $10,000.00 to Bethany House for homeless prevention assistance.

 

37.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute an electric supply agreement for retail electric services for a period of one or two years depending on the bid pricing.  The recommended provider will be announced at the City Council meeting.  The City will accept bid pricing on Monday, November 11, 2005 at 11:00 a.m.  Retail electric providers will generally not hold their contract pricing for longer than twenty four hours due to the volatile market condition.  Funding is available in the respective departments subject to continued appropriation of funding in future fiscal years. 

 

38.      Consideration to award a two (2) year professional services contract (FY05-114) to A.G. Pellegrin, M.D., to perform drug and alcohol testing pursuant to the City’s Drug and Alcohol Policy.  All services are requested on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the health benefits budget of the
Employee Health Division.

 

39.      Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 2, a decrease of $5,000.00 for the miscellaneous allowance; acceptance of the Asbestos Abatement Schedule 1 for the Laredo International Airport Building numbers 1228,1429,1430,1431,1432,1169,123, 861, and 979; and approval of final payment in the amount of $19,336.87 to Jupe Environmental, San Antonio, Texas.  Final construction contract is $193,368.70.  Funding is available in the Airport Fund-Purchased Professional Services/Demolition Costs.

 

40.      Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 3, a decrease of $5,000.00 for the miscellaneous allowance; acceptance of the Demolition Schedule 2 for the Laredo International Airport Building numbers 1228,1169, 1331,123, 979, 1429,1430,1431,1432 plus Alternates 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10 for building slab removal; and approval of final payment in the amount of $31,132.10 to Access Environmental, San Antonio, Texas.  Final construction contract amount is $311,321.00.  Funding is available in the Airport Fund- Purchased Professional Services/Demolition Costs.

 

41.      Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the low bidder, Rhino Builders, Ltd., Laredo, Texas, in the base bid amount of $450,695.00 for the Santa Maria Avenue Reconstruction Project (Industrial Blvd. to Del Mar Blvd.)  Funding is available in the Transit Tax and Revenue CO 2004.

 

42.      Award a contract to Arcadis, Laredo, Texas for $49,548.00 to survey the additional easements for the Colonias Los Minerales, Rancho Penitas West and on several parcels of land in between the two colonias.  This project is funded by the North American Development Bank (NADB). 

 

43.      Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder Ramos Industries, Inc. Pasadena, Texas, in the amount of $1,625,711.00 for the Ejido Avenue Extension (Pita Mangana BoulevardChacota Street) Project.  Funding is available in the Community Development Fund CD Projects/Ejido Street Extension – 27th and 30th Action Year/ 2001 and 2004 Grant.

 

44.      Authorizing the City Manger to enter into a contract agreement with Cambridge Systematics, Inc. in association with Alliance Transportation Group, Inc. at a cost of $89,999.65, for the performance of a Hazardous Cargo Community Risk Assessment and Route Alternative Analysis.  Funding is available in the Bridge System Fund.  

 

45.      Amending a contract with HNTB Architects Engineers Planners, San Antonio, Texas for $26,106.77 to include additional basic engineering and surveying services required to oversize the water and wastewater lines at D-5 Acres, Laredo Ranchettes, Carlos I, Ranchitos East, and Los Altos on HWY 359 – Work Order #3.  The amendment brings the total contract amount to $474,431.93.  Funding is available in the Colonias Project Engineer Fees.  

 

46.      Motion to reschedule the regular City Council meeting of December 5, 2005 to December 12, 2005.

 

47.      Authorization to re-advertise for bids for the Los Obispos Unit 5, Remediation Project, Phase II.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvements Fund.

 

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XII.             STAFF REPORTS

 

48.       

A.                 A presentation by Rafael Garcia, Jr., regarding a multi year lease for Bridge of the Americas, Building E, consisting of approximately 32,542 sq. ft. of unfinished retail space, with the sole bidder El Portal Bridge Retail, L.P., a joint venture between El Portal Center, LLC owned by Horizon Group Properties, Inc., Morgan Stern Realty Holdings and Laredo Duty Free Partners, LLC, an affiliate of Duty Free Americas that operates UETA Duty Free Stores, with possible action.

 

XIII.           GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

49.       

A.            Request by Council Member John C. Galo

1.           Discussion with possible action on requiring all street vendors to wear ID badges.

2.           Discussion with possible action on requiring all real estate transactions (including airport) to go through one central real estate office and further developing procedures to sell or lease those properties.

3.           Discussion with possible action regarding the vacant Utilities Director position.

 

B.            Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding the resurfacing of Albert Ochoa Tennis Courts in the amount of $6,300.00 to be financed by CIP District IV Discretionary Funds.

 

C.           Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding the installation of a street light on the 1900 Block of San Leonardo.

2.           Discussion on providing for two-way traffic on Santa Rita Avenue between Lincoln Street and Washington Street, with possible action.

 

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.

 

50.      Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072 in order to deliberate the possible purchase, exchange, lease or value of real property in the Sanchez Ranchito Acreage Trust Subdivision, because deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the City Council in negotiations with third persons; and return to open session for possible action.

 

51.      Request for executive session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072 in order to deliberate on the value of, and possible exchange of real property located in and around the Laredo International Airport, because deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the City Council in negotiations with third persons; and return to open session for possible action.

 

52.      Request for executive session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071 to discuss with the City Attorney the pending case of Martin Villarreal et al. v. City of Laredo, et al., Cause No. L-03-11 in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, Laredo Division; and return to open session for possible action.  

 

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

                       

53.      Motion to waive bus fare collection to and from the HEB “Feast of Sharing” Sunday, November 20, 2005 as participation by the City of Laredo co-sponsoring this event.  HEB will provide a $1,000.00 contribution to offset the fares.

           

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, November 2, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.

                                                                       

 

 

                                                                         Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                 City Secretary