CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2005-R-23

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

December 12, 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 September 19, 2005, November 2, 2005, and November 16, 2005.

 

V.                 COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

a.      Recognition of Veronica Gaytan, of the Parks and Recreation Department, on her selection as November 2005 Employee of the Month.

b.      Recognizing Uriel Torres, J.B. Alexander High School Band Drum Major, for his selection as the recipient of the $5,000.00 Bob Hope Scholarship.

 

 

 

Communiqués

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

 

VI.               APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

           

a.      Appointment of a Council Ad-Hoc Committee to review site evaluations from staff and the City’s consultant on the feasibility of a municipal golf course.

 

VII.             PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 440.32 acres, more or less, located approximately north of Bob Bullock Loop and east of San Isidro Ranch East Point Center Subdivision, Unit 2, specifically the San Isidro Northeast Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of R-1 (Single Family Residential District).

 

2.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 13.00 acres, more or less, located approximately south of U.S. Highway 59 and east of Loop 20, specifically the Killam Ranch Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District).

 

3.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 92.13 acres, more or less, located approximately east of Loop 20 and south of Woodland Subdivision, specifically the Hurd Ranch I Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District).

 

4.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 37.26 acres, more or less, located approximately east of Loop 20 and north of Larga Vista Subdivision, specifically the Hurd Ranch II Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District).

 

5.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 0.33 acres, more or less, located approximately along State Highway 359, 1.4 miles east of Loop 20, and across from colonia Old Milwaukee, specifically the Hector Gaona Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of R-1 (Single Family Residential District).

 

6.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 0.74 acres, more or less, located approximately along State Highway 359, 1.4 miles east of Loop 20, and across from colonia Old Milwaukee, specifically the Rolando Gaona Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of R-1 (Single Family Residential District).

 

7.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 0.71 acres, more or less, located approximately south of State Highway 359 and east of Las Misiones Blvd., specifically the Las Misiones Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District).

 

8.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 23.39 acres, more or less, located approximately south of State Highway 359 and east of both the colonia Old Milwaukee and Dr. Ramos Tract, specifically the Carrasco Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) for 4.91 acres, more or less; and R1-A (Single Family Reduced Area District) for 18.47 acres, more or less.

 

9.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 222.28 acres, more or less, located approximately a half mile south of State Highway 359 and the City of Laredo landfill, specifically the E. G. Ranch Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District).

 

10.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 37.65 acres, more or less, located approximately north of State Highway 359, immediately west of Los Altos Subdivision and north of Tanquecitos, Phase 2, specifically the Tanquecitos Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District).

 

11.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Laredo Municipal Housing Corp. (LMHC) FY 2005/2006 Budget by drawing down and appropriating $ 1,120,000.00 from its opening balance to the City’s Capital Improvement Fund.  This transfer will be set up to carry out the necessary repairs associated with the Los Obispos Affordable Housing Project.  The amendment is authorized by the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation’s Articles of Incorporation. 

 

12.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Annual Budget by increasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $5,038.00 in additional funds, totaling $112,280.00 from the Texas Department of State Health Services for the Prevention Services for HIV – Infected Persons Project (PSHIP) of the City of Laredo Health Department for the contract period beginning January 1, 2006 through December 31, 2006, and execute the contract.

 

13.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance  as mandated by the Texas Health and Safety Code Chapter 191-0045, local registrars must charge the same fees as charged by the state office; therefore, we are amending Chapter 2, Administration, Article I, Section 2-3(b) Fees for City Services (b) Health Department of the City Code of Ordinances increasing the fee for certified birth certificates from $13.00 to $22.00 and death certificates from $9.00 to $20.00; and requesting approximately $100,000 in additional revenues be appropriated to expense accounts 226-2912 ($69,000) and 226-2930 ($31,000); and providing for effective date and publication.

 

14.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 General Fund Budget to appropriate grant revenues and expenses from the 2005 State Homeland Security Grant Sub-Recipient agreement between the City of Laredo and the Texas Division of Emergency Management in the original amount of $459,818.00.  In addition, the acceptance and appropriation of the State Homeland Security grant through the State Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program in the amount of $195,918.00.  The total amount appropriated from the State Homeland Security program will be $655,736.00.  Equipment received through the grant agreement will be used for the City’s Fire and Police Departments.  The appropriation of said grant revenue and expenditures will account for grant proceeds and equipment purchased through the grant and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.  The above said grant requires no in-kind matching funds.

 

15.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept a cash donation from Robert E. Lewis in the amount of $5,000.00 in memory of his mother, Mrs. Kathryn Lewis and amending the Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Annual Budget in the Friends of the Library Fund by appropriating said funds, providing for effective date. Funds will be used to purchase books, equipment, and furnishings for future library projects.

 

16.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept a cash donation from James Avery in the amount of $2,500.00 in memory of Samuel Alexander Meyers and amending the Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Annual Budget in the Friends of the Library Fund by appropriating said funds, providing for effective date.  Funds will be used to purchase books, equipment, and furnishings for future library projects.

 

17.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance accepting a supplemental grant awarded and amending the City of Laredo 2005 – 2006 Annual Budget by increasing revenues and expenses in the amount of $1,309.00 to reflect the actual grant amount of $101,225.00 awarded by the Office of the National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), at no cost to the city, to fund the South Texas Multi-Agency Drug Related Corruption Task Force.  Funds will be used to pay overtime, fringe benefits and operational expenses from January 1, 2005 through December 31, 2005

 

18.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Grant, Section 5309, TX-03-0274-00, in the amount of $2,546,681.00 for the new transit facility; and to appropriate $2,546,681.00 in the transit system’s fiscal year 2005 – 2006 Capital Grants Budget and providing for grant funds to be deposited in the City of Laredo Transit Fund. 

 

19.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a budget amendment appropriating operating funds from the Federal Transit Administration Grant No. TX90X664 from Fiscal Year    2004 – 2005 in the amount of $606,930.00 to be used for operating expenses in Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006, increasing the federal contribution from $2,943,542.00 to $3,550,472.00 and decreasing the sales tax match for operations from $5,590,646.00 to $4,983,716.00 and amending the Transit Sales Tax Fund by $526,148.00 by transferring $80,782.00 into sales tax reserve and reducing transfer to operations by $606,930.00.

 

20.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance endorsing and accepting the revised and updated El Lift Rider’s Policy and Procedure to improve the service efficiency of the El Metro’s El Lift Paratransit service which provides shared, curb to curb, public transportation to people with disabilities that are unable to use the El Metro’s fixed route buses. 

 

21.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Ordinance No. 2004-O-325 of the City of Laredo, by updating City’s Conservation Plan, which is in compliance with 30 Texas Administrative Code 288.2, titled Water Conservation Plans for Municipal Uses by Public Water Suppliers. The amendment will include the following:

A.                 Specific, qualified five-year (5) and ten-year (10) targets for water savings to include goals for water loss programs and goals for municipal use, in gallons per capita per day; and

B.                 Metering device(s), with an accuracy of plus or minus 5.0%, to measure and account for the amount of water diverted from the source of supply;

Providing for severability and an effective date.

 

22.      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 nine (9) and drawing down on the opening balance and appropriating expenses in the amount of $160,482.00 for the addition of four (4) Customer Service Representatives and five (5) Water Meter Readers for the Billing Division.

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

VIII.           INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

23.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to the lease agreement between the City of Laredo, as Lessor, and Jett Racing and Sales, Inc., as Lessee, approved on January 2, 2001, by Ordinance No. 2001-O-007 for approximately 18,000 square feet constituting Building No. 104 located at 4805 Maher Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Section 1.08 “Use and Use Conflict” is being amended for the purpose of allowing Lessee to sublease a portion of the leased premises.  All other terms and conditions remain unchanged and in effect; providing for an effective date.

 

24.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey a twelve-foot-wide (12) Easement and Right-of-Way to AEP Texas Central Company for the installation of electric distribution facilities to serve the Fuel Farm and various other future City of Laredo Airport projects.  Said twelve-foot-wide (12) Easement and Right-of-way containing 32,479.38 square feet (0.7456 of an acre), and being out of Lot No. 1, Block No. 1, of the Laredo International Airport Passenger Terminal Subdivision Plat, recorded in Volume 16, pages 45-47, of the Map Records of Webb County, Texas, being described on attached Exhibit A; and providing for an effective date. 

 

25.      Amending Chapter 32, “Vehicles for Hire”, Article II; Taxicabs, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo: Specifically sections 32-22, Initial Application for Annual Permit, and section 32-35, Application; providing for severability and for an effective date and publication. 

 

IX.               FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

26.       

2005-O-301               Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1 thru 8, Block 2024, Eastern Division, located at 3200 Blaine Street, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.   

 

2005-O-302               Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 7, 8 and 9, Block 26, Eastern Division, located at 719 Chihuahua Street, from R-O (Residential/Office District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2005-O-303               Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 10, Block 368, Western Division, located approximately at 1819 San Agustin Avenue, from R-2 (Multifamily Residential District) to R-O (Retail/Office District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2005-O-304               Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for maintenance and parts for forklifts on Lots 11 and 12, Block 432, Eastern Division, located at 302 W. Saunders Street; providing for publication and effective date.   

 

2005-O-305               Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 10 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit "A", located south of Hwy 359 and East of Riata Road, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District); providing for publication and effective date.   

 

2005-O-306               Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 2 and 3, Alexander Commercial Subdivision Phase I, located at 1701 Peaceful Meadow Court, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.    

2005-O-307               Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a welding shop on the North 1/3 of Lot 1 and the South 1/3 of Lot 3, Block 927, Western Division, located at 3604 Santa Maria Avenue; providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2005-O-308               Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning the South 54.5 feet of the East 1/3 of Lot 3 and the South 54.5 feet of Lot 4, Block 774, Eastern Division, located at 2816 Seymour Avenue, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area District); providing for publication and effective date.      

 

2005-O-309               Requesting the amendment of Ordinance No. 1997-O-200 which authorized a Special Use Permit for sand and gravel sales and storage on Lot 1, Block 1, Northeast Complex Subdivision, located at 1319 Muller Road by revising the site plan and to approve an above ground diesel storage tank; providing for publication and effective date.   

 

2005-O-310               Amending Section 24-78, Off-Street Parking & Loading Requirements, (p) Parking Space Requirements, (5) Schools (Public, Parochial, or Private), (e) Kindergartens, child care center, nursery schools, and similar uses, except as a home occupation, of the City of Laredo Land Development Code by amending the number of required parking spaces from a minimum of 6 parking spaces to 1 parking space for every 400 square feet of gross floor area, providing for publication and effective date.

 

2005-O-311               Authorizing the City Manager to implement a south bound pedestrian toll free crossing for the week of December 18 through 24, 2005.

 

2005-O-312               Amending the lease contract with Securitas Security Services USA, Inc., by removing approximately 220 square feet of office space at Bridge I and reducing the monthly rent by $1,500.00 due to the upcoming demolition of the existing administration building at Bridge I.

 

1.      Amended lease contract will be in effect from January 16, 2006 and end on August 31, 2006.

2.      Rent for January 2006 will be $3,226.00 for approximately 220 square feet of office space at Bridge I for 15 days only and approximately 120 square feet of office space and an exclusive office entry lane of approximately 540 square feet at Bridge II for the entire month.

3.      Monthly rent for February 2006 through August 2006 will be $2,500.00 for approximately 120 square feet of office space and an exclusive office entry lane of approximately 540 square feet at Bridge II.

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

 

2005-O-313               Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005-2006 Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $10,000.00 in additional funds, and amending the Full Time Equivalent positions for the City by creating one (1) fulltime Sanitarian position and authorizing the City Manager to renew the Fiscal Year 2005-2006 Interlocal Agreement between the City of Laredo and the County of Webb for the total amount of $200,000.00 per fiscal year for locally supported public health services to residents of Webb County for the period beginning October 1, 2005 through September 30, 2006.  

 

2005-O-314               Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement between the City of Laredo, as Lessor, and Webb County Texas, Community Action Agency, as lessee, for a building space of approximately 2,900 square feet, more commonly known as the Lilia Perez Community Center, located at 4420 Santa Maria, as further described in attached exhibit “A”.  The purpose of this lease is for the operation of an Elderly Nutrition Program and other social services to benefit low and moderate income populations.  Lessor will be charged $1.00 per year lease payment and shall be responsible for all utility charges.  As Amended.

 

2005-O-315               Authorizing the City Manager to amend the Transit System’s Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Operating Budget for the Texas Department of Transportation Operating Grant No. 51622F7052 by decreasing the Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 State Operating Grant contribution from $740,212.00 to $705,482.00 and increasing the transit sales tax match for operating expenses from $5,590,646.00 to $5,625,376.00.

 

2005-O-316               Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement between Texas Engineering Extension Service/ Emergency Services Training Institute (TEEX) / Emergency Service Training Institute (ESTI) and the City of Laredo Fire Department that will define the responsibilities of both parties for the educational instructional activities to be offered to Firefighters, non-Firefighter trainees and out-of-country first responders to take place at the Laredo International Fire/Law Enforcement Training Center for a period of one (1) year.

 

2005-O-317               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 Fire Station located at 9402 N.E. Bob Bullock Loop, Laredo, Webb County, Texas and being more fully described in Exhibit “A” of License Agreement, to construct a telecommunications equipment building and concrete pad for a standby power generator, more fully described in Exhibit “C,” for use in connection with its communication business.  Term of the lease is five (5) years commencing December 12, 2005 and ending December 11, 2010 with four (4) successive renewal terms of five (5) years.  Annual base rent shall be $7,500.00 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. 

 

2005-O-318               Designating as a one-way in the northbound direction Yeary Avenue, between Calton Road and Hillside Road, providing for the installation of appropriate signs to indicate one-way traffic in the designated direction, and providing for publication and effective date.

 

X.                 RESOLUTIONS

 

27.      2005-R-128     Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount of $167,600.00 from the Texas Department of State Health Services for the Tuberculosis Prevention & Control Federal Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning January 1, 2006 through December 31, 2006, and execute the contract.

 

28.      2005-R-130     Accepting the donation of a fifteen-foot (15) utility easement from Satco, Inc., for the extension of utility service lines to the Laredo Ranchettes Subdivision.  Said easement being the north 15 feet of Tract 4, and being situated in Porcion 32, Abstract 296, Webb County, Texas, and described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B.

 

29.      2005-R-131     Accepting the donation of a fifteen-foot (15) utility easement from Eva Estrada and Juan Estrada, for the extension of utility service lines to the Laredo Ranchettes Subdivision.  Said easement being the north 15 feet of Tract 3, and being situated in Porcion 32, Abstract 296, Webb County, Texas, and described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B.

 

XI.               MOTIONS

 

30.      Consideration to award contract FY06-017 to the low bidder, Impacto Visual, Nuevo Laredo, Tamps., MX in the total amount of $19,900.00 for a one (1) year billboard advertising contract in or around Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund.

 

31.      Consenting to Jett Racing and Sales, Inc. subleasing a portion of the leased premises, approved by Ordinance No. 94-O-214, located on Tract No. 5 at the Laredo International Airport to Elizabeth Benavides, d/b/a Elite Aviation, Inc. for purposes of obtaining a Fixed Base Operator’s License to provide Line Services (dispensing aircraft fuels and oils).  The subject lease allows Lessee to sublease all or a portion of the leased premises with Lessor’s prior consent.

 

32.      Authorizing the City Manager to approve payment from the City’s Arena Renewal and Replacement Account for the purchase of seats and parts and new flooring for 6 conference rooms in a total amount not to exceed $37,127.00. Items purchased through the Renewal and Replacement Account are on a 50% cost basis to the City of Laredo and a 50% cost basis to Arena Ventures, L.L.C., funding is available in the Renewal and Replacement Account. 

 

33.      Consideration for approval of the release of a partial retainage of $25,841.19 from the current retainage amount of $36,915.98 from the construction contract with Zertuche Construction Company, Laredo, Texas, for the Farias Community Center. An amount of $11,074.79 is being retained for completion of pending items. Funding is available in the Community Development Fund.

 

34.      Consideration for approval of amendment no. 1 an increase of $66,841.68 to the professional services contract with Structural Engineering Associates, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, for the bidding and construction phase to include management, supervision and address design issues that may arise in the construction project of the Rehabilitation of Laredo Colombia Solidarity International Bridge.  Funding is available in the Bridge 2005 A Revenue Bond.

 

35.      Consideration for approval of change order no. 2 an increase of $11,025.00 for additional quantities and tasks required by actual conditions encountered upon commencement of work, acceptance of the Los Obispos Phase I Project and approval of final payment in the amount of $23,423.75 to LEH Contractors, Inc, San Antonio, Texas.  Final construction contract amount is $248,265.00.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund.

 

36.      Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Puig Engineering, LLC, in association with Mejia & Ruiz Land Surveyors, L.L.C., Laredo, Texas, for the Flecha Lane Drainage Improvements and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the 2005 CO Account.

 

37.      Recommending the setting of regular City Council meeting dates through March 2006 as follows: January 9, 2006, January 23, 2006, February 6, 2006, February 21, 2006, March 6, 2006, and March 27, 2006.

 

38.      Consideration to award contract FY05-107 for repair parts and service for the refuse truck equipment to McNeilus Truck, Hutchins, Texas, in the estimated amount of $75,000.00; and for repair parts and service for lawn equipment to Jones Equipment & Turf, Inc., New Braunfels, Texas, in the estimated amount of $5,000.00.  All parts and service will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Budget.

 

39.      Consideration to award contract number FY06-015 to the low bidder, Gateway Glass & Mirror, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $52,800.00, for providing automotive glass replacement service for the Fleet Maintenance Division.  All work will be done on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Budget.

 

40.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of a vehicle alignment rack from Mohawk Resources LTD., for the Fleet Maintenance Division, through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) cooperative contract pricing in the total amount of $40,114.83. Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Budget.

 

41.      Consideration to award contract FY06-015 to the low bidder, Gray’s Wholesale Tires, Fort Worth, Texas, in the estimated amount of $75,901.76 for the purchase of police pursuit tires and regular passenger tires.  All tires are purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Budget.

 

42.      Consideration to award contract FY06-016 to the lower, Hot Rod Mechanical, Austin, Texas in the total amount of $56,675.00 for the removal and installation of a cooling tower at the Civic Center facility.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund – Civic Center Renovation.

 

43.      Motion authorizing the City Manager to continue electricity franchise negotiations with American Electric Company as to the rates and charges for light, heat, power and other purposes to residential and commercial customers until such time a new franchise agreement is executed.

 

44.      Motion to authorize the City Manager to enter into a contract with Mycoff & Associates not to exceed $40,000.00 to conduct a comprehensive general management search to recruit for a Utilities Director for the City of Laredo

 

45.      Motion to authorize the City Manager to execute a $50,000.00 Settlement Agreement and Release of Claims by and between Texas & Kansas City Cable Partners, L.P. d/b/a Time Warner Cable (“TWC”) and the City of Laredo (“CITY”).  This payment shall in no way be construed to validate or support any claim by either party in this matter regarding the calculation of Franchise Fee payments.

 

46.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute the State Homeland Security Grant Program Sub-Recipient Grant Adjustment Agreement between the City of Laredo and the Governor’s Division of Emergency Management (GDEM) to perform certain project tasks for the period beginning April 30, 2005 and ending December 30, 2006, and accepting the total grant adjustment award in the amount of $28,711.00.

 

47.      Consideration to award contract FY05-028 to the low bidder, Galls, Inc., Lexington, KY, in the estimated annual amount of $180,000.00, for the purchase of uniforms, boots, and accessories.  These items are included in the collective bargaining agreement between the City and the Firefighters Union.  Each firefighter has a $500.00 clothing allowance that may be used to purchase any of the listed items in the agreement.  The term of this contract is for two (2) years and is contingent upon the availability of funds for the next fiscal year.  Funding is available in the Fire Department’s operation budget.

 

48.      Authorizing the City Manager to reimburse the Texas Municipal League $59,800 related to the J. L. Martinez v. City of Laredo, Cause No.  L-99-110, in the Federal District Court, Southern District of Texas. 

 

49.      Consideration to award a three-year (3) contract for library automation, network services, software, licenses, equipment, maintenance and upgrades for the libraries’ Dynix network to the Dynix Corporation dba SirsiDynix, Provo, UT, in the total amount of $131,500.00 and motion to allow the City Manager to execute contract.  The contract allows the City to pay this contract in three payments not to exceed $45,000.00 per year.  Funding is available in the Library’s General Fund – Contract for Machinery & Equipment and is subject to continued appropriation in future fiscal years.

 

50.      Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract with Unum Life Insurance Company for life insurance; AIG Life Insurance Company (American Insurance Group) for accidental death & dismemberment (AD&D) and the voluntary accidental death & dismemberment (P.A.I.) insurance; Fort Dearborn Life Insurance Company for the dental insurance; and Monumental Life Insurance Company for the retiree Medicare Supplemental Health Insurance, to provide insurance coverages for all eligible City of Laredo employees unless otherwise specified in a collective bargaining agreement.

 

51.      Motion to authorize the City Manager to execute fifteen (15) Hotel / Motel Tax Fund third party contracts for the Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 for a total amount of $427,170.00.  The contracts are listed in Attachment “A”.

 

52.      Motion to authorize the City Manager to execute eighteen (18) General Fund third party contracts for the Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 for a total amount of $144,338.00.  The contracts are listed on Attachment “A”.

 

53.      Consideration to award contract FY06-021 to the Sole Bidder, Austin Wood Recycling, Cedar Park, TX., in the estimated annual amount of $60,000.00 for the grinding of wood waste material (brush, branches, pallets, etc.,) at the City landfill; and consideration to rescind the contract extension for contract FY04-059 awarded to Ceres Environmental, Brooklyn Park, MN., for the same services.  Ceres Environmental informed the City that they could not perform on their contract due to their equipment being deployed to Louisiana for the hurricane cleanup.  The contract is based on a unit cost of $1.95 per cubic yard of material.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste fund.

 

54.      Authorizing the City Manager to accept offer of $11,500.00 as approved by the 406th District Court as payment in full of the City’s claim in Cause No. 2005CVQ0011560-D4 filed to seek payment of an outstanding hazardous material remediation debt owed by Ortiz International and write-off balance in the amount of $8,377.00, in accordance with the terms of the settlement.  Above offer includes court costs and attorney fees.

 

55.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of one (1) GMC crew cab truck with utility body for the Utilities Department, through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (Buy Board) contract pricing in the total amount of $56,845.00.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department, Transmission and Distribution Budget.

 

56.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of one (1) Peterbilt dump truck for the Utilities Department, through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) cooperative contract pricing in the total amount of $88,617.00.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department, Transmission and Distribution Budget.

 

57.      Consideration to award contract FY06-018 to the sole bidder, Grant Environmental Group, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $65,259.00 for the installation of two (2) flow meters at the Jefferson Water Treatment Plan.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department Budget.    

 

58.      Consideration to award a contract to Carter & Burgess, Austin, Texas for the amount of $51,828.00 to provide a feasibility study and report that presents alternatives for the design of the 2005 - Pump Improvements to the MOHAC (Mary Help of Christian) Booster Station.  This includes the evaluation of the existing pump system with a hydraulic model and recommendations for upgrades or modifications.  Funding is available in the Water Construction Account.

 

59.      Consideration to award a contract to Crane Engineering Co., Laredo, Texas for the amount of $137,500.00 to design the 18 Inch Water Transmission Line from McPherson Road to the proposed TAMIU Elevated Storage Tank, and a recommendation for an alignment with easement descriptions, construction plans, and specifications.  Funding is available in the 2004 Water Bond Issuance.

 

60.      Consideration to award a contract to Howland Engineering and Surveying Co., Laredo, Texas for the amount of $80,000.00 to design the 18 – Inch  Water Transmission Line from MOHAC (Mary Help of Christian) Booster Station to McPherson Rd. and to the North Elevated Storage Tank, and a recommendation for an alignment with easement descriptions, construction plans and specifications.  Funding is available in the 2004 Water Bond Issuance.

 

61.      Consideration to award a contract to Foster Engineering Co., Laredo, Texas for an amount of $95,082.00 to design the Water and Wastewater Utilities Relocation on FM 1472 Railroad Grade Separation due to the Texas Department of Transportation Improvements, with construction plans and specifications.  Funding is available in the 2000 Water Bond Issuance.

 

XII.             STAFF REPORTS

 

62.       

A.                 Update report on the status of the Colonias Project.

 

XIII.           GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

63.       

A.                 Request by Council Member Hector J. Garcia

1.           Discussion with possible action on placing a speed hump on the 3100 Block of Galveston using District II Discretionary Funds.

 

B.                 Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

1.           Discussion with possible action, on appropriating $10,000.00 for the Veteran's Coalition.  (Co-sponsored by Mayor Pro Tempore Jose A. Valdez, Jr.)

 

XIV.         EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

64.      Consideration for approval of change order no. 1 a decrease of $1,438.00 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the Transit Sales Tax Project which includes the Reconstruction of Arkansas Avenue / Clark Street Intersection and San Eduardo Avenue / Sanchez Street Intersection and approval of final payment in the amount of $13,429.70 to J. Solis Maintenance and Welding Services, Laredo, Texas.  Final construction contract amount is $134,297.00.  Funding is available in the Transit Sales Tax and Revenue 2004 CO. 

 

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, December 7, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.

                                                                       

 

 

 

                                                                         Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                 City Secretary