CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2006-R-01

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

January 9, 2006

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 October 17, 2005 and December 27, 2005.

 

V.                 COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

a.      Recognition of Monica Resendiz of the Laredo Public Library on her selection as 2005 City of Laredo Employee of the Year.

b.      Recognition of Trautmann Middle School Cheerleaders for winning Laredo’s first National Middle School Cheerleading Championship. 

c.      Recognition of United South High School Cheerleaders for winning a National Championship title.

 

 

Communiqués

a.      Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores presents the State of the City Address.

 

VI.               APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

a.      Appointment by Council Member Hector J. Garcia of Bernardo Garcia to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee.

 

VII.             PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance accepting and appropriating a grant awarded by Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas, in the amount of $23,377.00 with City designating $1,148.00 as a local match and amending the City of Laredo’s Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Environmental Services Fund Annual Budget by appropriating said revenues and expenditures. The grant monies will be used for the Dos Laredos Integrating Monitoring, Watershed Education, and Litter Cleanup Project.

 

2.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Annual Budget by reducing $50,864.00 to reflect the actual amount awarded of $34,678.00 from the Texas Department of State Health Services for the Title V Family Planning Services of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning January 1, 2006 through August 31, 2006.

 

3.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept a contribution in the amount of $12,500.00 from the Prairie Foundation and amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 General Fund Annual Budget by appropriating revenues of $12,500.00 in the form of a contribution from the Prairie Foundation and expenditures in the amount of $12,500.00 for the purchase of playground equipment for North Central Park.

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

VIII.           FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

4.           

2006-O-001               Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning the South 46 feet of Lot 1, Block 214, Western Division, located at 1202 San Agustin Avenue, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District);  providing for publication and effective date.  

 

2006-O-002               Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Special Use Permit for oil and/or gas extraction on 4 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located along the north line of proposed Soria Drive; providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2006-O-003               Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Special Use Permit for oil and/or gas extraction on 40 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located north of Cielito Lindo Boulevard; providing for publication and effective date.             

 

2006-O-004               Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 10.68 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located south of Shiloh Drive and east of Springfield Road, from AG (Agricultural District) to R-1 (Single-Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.

              

2006-O-005               Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning .55 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located on the northwest corner of F.M. 1472 and Big Bend Boulevard, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.       

 

2006-O-006               Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning .55 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located on the northwest corner of F.M. 1472 and Big Bend Boulevard, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  (As Amended)      

 

2006-O-007               Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 30.45 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located south of Los Pinos Drive and east of Loma Vista Drive, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to R-1MH (Single-Family Manufactured Housing District); providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2006-O-008               Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning .51 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at the northwest corner of Loop 20 and the Texas Mexican Railroad Right-of-Way, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  

 

2006-O-009               Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1 and the West ½ of Lot 2, Block 829, Eastern Division, located at 1501 Musser Street, from R-1 (Single-Family Residential District) to R-O (Residential/Office District); providing for publication and effective date.  (As Amended)

 

2006-O-010               Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Capital Improvement Fund Budget by drawing down $400,000.00 from the opening balance and appropriating said funds as capital discretionary expenditures equally between the eight council districts.

 

2006-O-011               Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $2,500.00 in additional funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services for the Public Health Preparedness and Epidemiology Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning January 1, 2006 through August 31, 2006.

 

2006-O-012               Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Ground Lease Agreement with Alamosa Properties, L.P., a Texas limited partnership for ground space at the McPherson Water Tower located at 8711 McPherson, Laredo, Webb County, Texas and being more fully described in Exhibit “A” of Lease Agreement, to construct on such premises an equipment building and 140’  self-supporting type tower (“Tower”), more fully described in Exhibit B of the lease agreement, for the purpose of providing cell services and for co-locations, if approved by Landlord, and related equipment for use in connection with its communications business. Term of the lease is five (5) years commencing January 10, 2006 and ending January 9, 2011 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 (5%) on each anniversary of the commencement date, providing for effective date.

 

IX.               RESOLUTIONS

 

5.          2006-R-001     Accepting the donation of two (2) tracts, one (1) of 12.05 acres, and one (1) of 0.74 acres, from KNC Properties, Ltd., which are described by metes and bounds in the dedication deed dated
August 19, 2005, attached to this Resolution as Exhibit A; and dedicating said 12.05 acres for a City park; and said 0.74 acres for general municipal purposes.  

 

6.          2006-R-002     (1) Supporting the participation of Laredo Community College in the program called “the North American Advanced Manufacturing Research and Education Initiative” [under acronym of “NAAMREI”]; and
supporting the proposal submitted to the U. S. Department of Labor under such initiative for funding through a program called “the Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) Program” [under acronym of “WIRED”]; and (2) To extent that federal funding be available, directing the City Manager to consider providing matching funds up to $250,000.00 to Laredo Community College.  

 

X.                 MOTIONS

 

7.          Consideration for approval of amendment No. 1, an increase of $46,194.00, to the Phase II contract with the sole source provider, TransCore LP, for the purchase and installation of one (1) Automatic Vehicle Identification (A.V.I.) System and upgrading of five (5) lane controllers for the Bridge of the Americas Project, “El Portal”.  Funding is available in the Laredo Bridge System Fund.

 

8.          Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 4, a decrease of $100,000.00, to the construction contract with Leyendecker Construction, Laredo, Texas, for the Bridge of the Americas Project (El Portal) to obtain a credit on the contingencies fund built into the contract.  Funding is available in the 2002 Bridge Revenue Bond.

 

9.          Consideration for approval to award a professional services contract to Ashley Humphries Sanchez Architects, Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $60,398.00 for design and preparation of plans and specifications for the Boxing Gym to be located adjacent to the Cigarroa Recreation Center.  Funding is available in the Community Development Block Grant Fund.

 

10.      Consideration to award a contract for a Tennis Professional, in the amount of $60,000.00 for a twenty-four (24) month period from January 1, 2006 to December 31, 2007, with Ross Boling, individually, and D.B.A. Tennis Professional, to provide professional tennis lessons at the Market Street Tennis Courts.  Funding is available in General Fund with future funding contingent on budget availability.

 

11.      Authorizing the City Manager to amend the Joint-Use Agreement for outdoor recreational facilities between the City of Laredo and the Laredo Independent School District dated December 17, 2004, by changing Section III, to allow for the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages and tobacco at Veterans Field during non-school district events. 

 

12.      Consideration to award contract number FY06-031 to the low bidders: Caldwell Country Ford, Caldwell, Texas, in the total amount of $84,376.00, for the purchase of eight (8) mid-size trucks; and Caldwell Country Ford, Caldwell, Texas, in the total amount $19,337.00 or Sames Motor Company, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $19,670.00 under the local bidder’s preference provision of the Texas Local Government Code 271.905 for the purchase of one ¾ ton diesel truck.  Funding is available in the 2005 Contractual Obligation Bond proceeds and the Community Development Department Fund.

 

13.      Consideration to award a twelve (12) month janitorial supply contract number FY06-013 to the low bidders, Gulf Coast Paper, Corpus Christi, Texas; Patria Office Supply, Laredo, Texas; and Laredo Janitorial Solutions, Laredo, Texas, for providing general janitorial supplies to all city departments.  This contract establishes the contract pricing for those janitorial supplies most commonly utilized by city departments.  All items will be purchased on an as needed basis and funding will be secured from the user department’s budgets.

 

14.      Consideration to authorize the City Manager to execute the tower site lease agreements with Pinnacle Towers Acquisition, LLC., Sarasota, Florida, in the monthly amount of $6,000.00 for an initial term of five (5) years.  Funding is available in the Communication System Fund Budget, and contingent upon future year appropriations. 

 

15.      Consideration to authorize the City Manager to execute the tower site lease agreements with Time Warner Cable d/b/a Texas Cable Partners in the monthly amount of $2,000.00 for an initial term of ten (10) years.  Funding is available in the Communication System Fund Budget and contingent upon future fiscal year appropriations.

 

16.      Authorizing the City Manager to acquire through negotiations the “Surface Only” of one (1) parcel of land for the River Vega Land Acquisition Project.  Said parcel consisting of Lots 7, 8, 9, & 10, Block 518, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; and authorizing staff to negotiate with the owners for the acquisition of said parcel in an amount not to exceed $42,000.00 plus closing costs.  Funding is available in the 1998 C O Issue Land Account.

 

17.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of two (2) Peterbilt trucks with dump body for the Utilities Department through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) cooperative contract pricing in the total amount of $176,234.00.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department, Wastewater Treatment Division Budget.

 

XI.               STAFF REPORTS

 

18.       

A.                 Update by Laredo Convention and Visitors Bureau regarding 2006 Miss Laredo Pageant sponsorship.

 

B.                 Update by Utilities Department on City of Laredo water issues.

1.      Secondary water source

2.      Transition to public operations

3.      Water conservation program

4.      Current Capital Improvement Projects

 

C.                Update by Parks and Recreation Department on general park development.

 

XII.             GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

19.       

A.                 Request by Council Member John C. Galo

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding the policy for interview notice and call back for employment with the City of Laredo.

2.           Discussion with possible action requesting extra doors to be installed at the Three Points Park Dome.

3.           Discussion with possible action regarding the Appeals and Grievance Policy.

4.           Discussion with possible action regarding the installation of speed humps on Lane Street between Bartlett Avenue and Arkansas Avenue.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Hector J. Garcia)

 

B.                 Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding the funding of Safe Haven Program under the Children’s Advocacy Center.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member John C. Galo)

2.           Status report on Noon Lions Park.

 

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

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding the allocation of District VII Discretionary funds for the following projects:

A.          Placing a batting cage at Father McNaboe Park.

B.          Sidewalk project on Rancho Viejo Drive between River Bank and the entrance to Father McNaboe Park.

C.         Sidewalk Project on the 1900 Block of Baltimore –north side.

D.         Relocate a utility pole located on Salinas Avenue between Lafayette and Madison Streets.

 

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.

 

20.      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, transit, and airport improvements; because deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect in the position of the governmental body in negotiations with a third person; and return to open session for possible action.

 

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

 

21.      Consideration to award contract number FY06-031 to the low bidder, Caldwell Country Ford, Caldwell, Texas, in the total amount of $13,596.00 for the purchase of a cargo van or to Sames Motor Company, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $13,680.00 under the local bidder’s preference provision of the Texas Local Government Code 271.905.  Funding is available in the Laredo Municipal Housing Budget.

 

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

 

XVI.         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, January 4, 2006 at 6:00 p.m.

                                                                       

 

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary