CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2006-R-03

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

February 6, 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 November 7, 2005.

 

V.                 COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

a.      Recognizing Mayor Pro Tempore, Jose A. Valdez, Jr., Council Member District VII, for his dedicated service to the people of Laredo.

b.      Recognition of the City of Laredo Employees who earned a degree in Fall 2005 from Laredo Community College or Texas A&M International University.

c.      Recognition of City employees who were deployed to Iraq over one (1) year ago and have returned home: Carlos Agredano, Jose R. Garza Aguirre, Ernest Chavez, Jose A. Cueva, Jose A. Hernandez, Manuel Lara, Jorge E. Martinez, Heriberto Ramos, Carlos Hernandez, Jr., Estevan Garcia, and Alfonso A. Peña.

d.      Recognition of Juan Rodriguez, of the Parks and Recreation Department, on his selection as January 2006 Employee of the Month.

 

Communiqués

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

 

VI.               APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

a.      Appointment by Council Member Hector J. Garcia of Carmen Escamilla to the Library Advisory Committee.    

b.      Appointment by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores of Hector Garcia, Council Member District II, to the Engineering Contract Review Committee.  

 

VII.             PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a daycare on Lot 6, Block 1645, Eastern Division, located at 2716 Corpus Christi Street.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the conditional use permit.     

 

2.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Capital Improvement Fund Annual Budget by drawing down $400,000.00 from the opening balance and amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Bridge System Construction Fund Annual Budget by appropriating said funds as Computer Operating System Upgrade expenditures and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendments.

 

3.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Special Police Programs Fund Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Annual Budget in the amount of $42,428.00 to fund the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program.  The U.S. Department of Justice BVP program will fund $42,428.00 and the City of Laredo will designate $42,428.00 in matching funds for a total program budget of $84,856.00.  Funding will be used to replace bulletproof vests that exceed the recommended life expectancy.  Funding is available in the City of Laredo Special Police Programs Transfer-In.

 

4.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 32, “Vehicles for Hire”, Article II;  Taxicabs, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo: specifically Sections 32-18 Definitions; Section 32-20 Transfer Operating Authority; Section 32-22 Initial Application for Annual Permit; Section  32-29 Suspension and Revocation of Annual Permit; Section 32-31 Number of Taxicab Permits Operating; Section 32-33 Substitute or Replace Taxicabs; Section 32-35 Application; Section 32-37 Term and Renewal; Section 32-39 To Be Displayed; Section 32-42 Driver Lists To Be Maintained; Section 32-43.1 Suspension and Revocation of a Taxicab License; Section 32-48 Insurance Required; and Section 32-74 Vehicle Requirements and Inspections, providing severability and for an effective date and publication.

 

5.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Division 3 (RATES AND CHARGES) of Chapter 31 (UTILITIES) of the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances, specifically deleting phase 1 of section 31-138, which provides for fees and service charges, thereby making phase 2 the applicable rates; Adding a service fee of $10.00 per account to administer paperwork for each new account; Increasing the reconnection fees from $10.00 to $35.00  during normal business days and hours (8 A.M. TO 5 P.M., Monday through Friday) on a 24 hour turnaround timeframe, and from $15.00 to $55.00 for after business hours or same day service; And charging a reconnect fee of $75.00 for weekends and holidays; Charging an Non Sufficient Funds (NSF) fee of $25.00 and a late fee of 5% to the balance owed on the account the day after the bill due date of each month; Providing for publication and an effective date.

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

VIII.           INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

6.          Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Airport Fixed Base Operator (FBO) License agreement between the City of Laredo, as Licensor, and Elite Aviation, Inc., as Licensee at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for fifteen (15) years and five (5) months commencing on February 1, 2006, and ending on June 30, 2020, and may be extended for two (2) terms of five (5) years each ending on June 30, 2025 and June 30, 2030.  The FBO leased space requirements are being satisfied by leasing from both the City of Laredo and by subleasing from another commercial operator; providing for an effective date.

 

7.          Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Elite Aviation, Inc., for an approximate 2,500 square foot tract of land located in Block No. 1 at the Laredo International Airport Fuel Farm for the purpose of installing above ground fuel storage tanks.  Lease term is for fourteen (14) years and six (6) months commencing on February 1, 2006, and ending on July 31, 2020, and may be extended for two (2) terms of five (5) years each ending on July 31, 2025 and July 31, 2030.  Monthly rent shall be $250.00 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index and further adjusted by appraised Fair Market Value on the 10th and 20th anniversaries; providing for an effective date.

 

8.          Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Elite Aviation, Inc., for approximately 117 square feet constituting Air Operations Area Office No. 2 located at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop at the Laredo International Airport Passenger Terminal.  Lease term is for three (3) years and five (5) months commencing on February 1, 2006 and ending on June 30, 2009.  However, it is agreed by the parties that the lease may be terminated by either party on not less than thirty (30) days’ written notice from the party terminating to the other. Monthly rent shall be $315.00, and effective July 1, 2006, monthly rent shall be $468.00, and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

IX.               FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

9.            

2005-O-341               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.  Further, the lease be amended to reflect Lessee’s agreement to pay whatever final judgment occurs in the pending contested tax law suit when it becomes final.  All other terms and conditions remain unchanged and in effect; providing for an effective date.  (AS AMENDED)

 

2006-O-016               Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 2 and 3, Block 1, Tesoro Plaza Subdivision, located at 5112 Tesoro Plaza, from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).         

 

2006-O-017               Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 4.2 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located south of Loma del Sur Boulevard and east of Business 83, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District). 

 

2006-O-018               Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 7.4 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located south of Loma del Sur Boulevard and east of Business 83, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-3 (Community Business District).        

 

2006-O-019               Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a kiosk/food stand on Lot 12, Block 446, Eastern Division, located at 202 W. San Carlos Street

 

2006-O-020               Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 10 and the East ½ of Lot 11, Block 1078, Eastern Division, located at 1904 Green Street, from R-1 (Single-Family Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District).       

 

2006-O-021               Amending the City of Laredo FY2005-2006 Airport Fund (Operating) Budget by drawing down $2,000,000.00 from the restricted fund balance and amend the corresponding expenditure line item for the purpose of acquiring a tract of land abutting the airport; and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment; providing for an effective date. 

 

2006-O-022               Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Capital Grants Fund Annual Budget to recognize revenues from an Economic Development Initiative Grant, provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in the amount of $198,400.00 for the renovation of the historic Plaza Theater’s marquee and blade sign and appropriating said grant revenues to the appropriate expenditure accounts and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.

 

2006-O-023               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 one (1) contract Community Service Aide in the HIV/AIDS Prevention Program funded 70% through the HIV Prevention Activities Program Grant (226-6072) beginning January 1, 2006 through December 31, 2006 and 30% through the STCADA Grant (226-6403) beginning July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2006.

 

2006-O-024               Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the additional amount of $35,000.00 for a total amount of $210,000.00 from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to continue the operation of the two (2) continuous air monitoring station (CAMS) by the City of Laredo Health Department, by extending the grant period which ends February 28, 2006, an additional six (6) months. The term period would be beginning September 1, 2003, through August 31, 2006; and authorizing the City Manager to execute the contract.

 

2006-O-025               Authorizing the City Manager to amend the Transit System’s Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Capital Grants Budget by appropriating $636,671.00 as the local match for the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5309 Grant #TX-03-0274-00 for the new transit facility.

 

2006-O-026               Establishing a 15% penalty on current year delinquent property tax accounts, as of April 1st of each year for Personal Property and July 1st of each year for Real Property, to defray costs of collection pursuant to Sections 33.11 and 33.07 of the Texas Property Tax Code; providing for publication and effective date.

 

2006-O-028               Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with the Washington’s Birthday Celebration Association, Inc., (W.B.C.A.) for approximately fifteen (15.0) acres of concrete ramp located in the southwest cargo ramp of the Air Operations Area to include City owned vacant non-aeronautical use land located at the Laredo International Airport for event parking use. Lease term is for two (2) days commencing on February 11, 2006 and ending on February 12, 2006. City Council finds and declares that a valid public purpose would be served in setting the daily rental fee at $1.00; providing for an effective date.

 

2006-O-029               Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey two (2) city owned blocks, namely, Blocks 1782, E.D. and 1713, eastern division, in the City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, to the Metro Affordable Housing Corporation in support of the Cardinal Point Project, which will be a forty (40) unit town home development; and providing for effective date.

 

2006-O-030               Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances Chapter 2 – “Administration”, Article II – “Departments, Officers and Employees”, Division 5 – “Appeals and Grievances”, Section 2-87.2- “Appeal Procedures”, Subparagraph (G); providing for an effective date.

 

2006-O-031               Closing as a public easement that section of Galveston Street between McDonnell and Monterrey Avenues situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas; and providing for an effective date.

 

2006-O-032               Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey a twelve-foot-wide Easement and Right-of-Way to AEP Texas Central Company for the installation of a single phase transformer at Santa Rita Park for concession building.  Said twelve-foot-wide Easement and Right-of-Way containing 36.00 square feet, and being out of Lot No. 1, of the Santa Rita Subdivision Park Plat, recorded in Volume 20, Page 99, of the Map Records of Webb County, Texas, being described on attached Exhibit A; and providing for an effective date.

 

2006-O-033               Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement with Laredo Equities, LLC for the use of Veteran’s Field.  The lease term is for one year with an additional one year renewal option at a rental rate of, the greater of, $100,000.00 per year or $1.00 per ticket sold per year.  Laredo Equities will also provide additional funds for maintenance, utilities and repairs as outlined in the lease agreement terms.            

 

X.                 RESOLUTIONS

 

10.       2006-R-004     Accepting the donation of one (1) utility easement from James A. Tamayo, D. D., Bishop of the Diocese of Laredo, for the extension of utility services lines to the San Carlos Subdivision, Phase II.  This being a strip of land 15.00 feet in width, containing 2,656.69 square feet or 0.061 of an acre, more or less, over and across Lot 2, Block 1, San Carlos Subdivision, Phase II, 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. 

 

11.      2006-R-005     Accepting the donation of one (1) parcel of land as a Utility Easement from 4V Holdings, Ltd., for the North American Development Bank Water Distribution Project / Laredo – Webb County Colonia Improvement Project,  said parcel containing 0.083 acres, more or less, out of a 36.15 acre tract conveyed to 4V Holdings Ltd., a Texas Limited Partnership, as described in deed recorded in Volume 1884, Page 251, Webb County Official Public Records; and described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits A and B. 

 

12.      2006-R-006     Declaring the public necessity to acquire the “Surface Only” of five (5) parcels of land for the Bartlett Avenue/Saunders Street Intersection Improvement Project, these being:

(1)   an 833-sq. ft. parcel of land out of Lot 1, Block 1254, Eastern Division, City of  Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits A and B;

(2)   an 833-sq. ft. parcel of land out of Lot 8, Block 1254, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits C and D;

(3)   a 780-sq. ft. parcel of land out of Lot 1, Block 1126, Buena Vista Subdivision, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits E and F;

(4)   a 280-sq. ft. parcel of land out of Lot 1B, Block 1126, Buena Vista Subdivision, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits G and H; and

(5)   a 183-sq. ft. parcel of land out of Lot 18, Block 1126, Buena Vista Subdivision, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits I and J;

and authorizing staff to negotiate for the acquisition of said parcels by purchase at market values to be established by a State Certified Real Estate Appraiser, and further authorizing the City Attorney to initiate condemnation proceedings to acquire said parcels if staff is unable to acquire through negotiations due to inability to agree to a purchase price, conflict of ownership, owner refusal to sell, and/ or inability to locate the listed owner(s). 

 

13.      2006-R-007     Accepting the donation of two (2) utility easements from Isidoro Ramirez and Maria De Jesus Ramirez, for the extension of water service lines to the Tanquecitos II Subdivision.  These being:

(1)   a 15-foot utility easement, being the North 15 feet of Tract A-2, Tanquecitos II,  situated in Porcion 32, Abstract 296, Webb County, Texas; and described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits A and B; and

(2)   a 15-foot utility easement, being the North 15 feet of Tract A-3, Tanquecitos II, situated in Porcion 32, Abstract 296, Webb County, Texas; and described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits C and D.

 

14.      2006-R-008     Accepting the donation of two (2) utility easements from Rafael Hernandez, for the extension of water service lines to the Tanquecitos II Subdivision.  These being:

(1)   a 15-foot utility easement, being the North 15 feet of Tract A-4, Tanquecitos II,  situated in Porcion 32, Abstract 296, Webb County, Texas; and described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits A and B; and

(2)   a 15-foot utility easement, being the North 15 feet of Tract A-5, Tanquecitos II, situated in Porcion 32, Abstract 296, Webb County, Texas; and described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits C and D.

a.       

15.      2006-R-009     Accepting the donation of two (2) utility easements from Memorial Gardens of Laredo, Inc., for the extension of utility services lines to the Laredo Ranchettes Subdivision.  These being:

(1)   A 15-foot utility easement containing 6,126 square feet of land, more or less, situated in Porcion 32, Abstract 296, Webb County, Texas, being out of Tract 13, Laredo Ranchettes, amending plat recorded in Volume 2, Page 233, Webb County Plat Records; and described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B; and

(2)   A 15-foot utility easement containing 6,126 square feet of land, more or less, situated in Porcion 32, Abstract 296, Webb County, Texas, being out of Tract 14, Laredo Ranchettes, amending plat recorded in Volume 2, Page 233, Webb County Plat Records; and described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits C and D. 

 

16.      2006-R-010     Authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute an Interlocal Government Agreement pursuant to the Vernon’s Texas Government Code, Chapter 791, between the City of Laredo and the County of Webb, in which Webb County’s law enforcement agency, namely the Webb County Sheriff’s Department and the city’s law enforcement agency, namely the Laredo Police Department, require the formation of a mutual aid law enforcement task force to assist each other in the areas of the traffic control, crowd control and general law enforcement both within and beyond the city limits during the various Washington’s Birthday Celebration festivities scheduled for January 26, 2006 to February 19, 2006.

 

17.      2006-R-011     Appointing Moses Goldberg, Diana Murillo, and Rick Norton to the Laredo Convention & Visitors Bureau (LCVB) Advisory Committee effective this date.

 

18.      2006-R-012     Opposing the construction of reinforced fencing,  from 15 miles northwest of the land port of Laredo to Brownsville, Texas, on the Gulf Coast, along the Rio Grande River between the United States and Mexico; and avoid “walling off our economy” [as stated by President Bush]; and directing that a copy of this Resolution be sent to the U.S. Senators representing Texas, to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Member of the Homeland Security Committee of the Senate, to the Chairperson and Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

 

19.      2006-R-014     Approving and adopting the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions including Architectural Guidelines, for all future development of real properties located at the Laredo International Airport and listed in said Declaration, in the form and content shown on Exhibit A attached to this Resolution; and directing the City Manager to execute the same and have it recorded in official property records of Webb, County, Texas

 

XI.               MOTIONS

 

20.      Consideration for approval to award a professional services contract to Puig Engineering in the amount of $162,500.00 for an environmental assessment and feasibility study of the West Laredo Corridor Phase II – Las Cruces / Flecha Lane Realignment. Funding is available in the West Laredo / CPL Road - Phase II Account.

 

21.      Consideration for approval to rescind the selection of consultant Raba-Kistner Consultants, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, for the City of Laredo Landfill Type IV Cells Project owing to the current Assessment of Alternatives for Future Landfill Capacity projects by SCS Engineers and the impact the results of this project may have on future solid waste management needs.  

 

22.      Consideration for approval of change order no. 1 a decrease of $50,000.00 due to a recommended reduction in foundation work per consultant to the construction contract with LEH Contractors, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, for the Los Obispos Unit-5, Remediation Project, Phase III.

 

23.      Consideration for approval of additional credit contract time for Three Police Substations Project constructed by St. Michaels Homes, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $386,195.23.  Since the project was completed 83 working days over the contract time, an amount of $33,200.00 for liquidated damages was assessed (83 days x $400 per day).  Funding is available in the Police Trust Fund. 

 

24.      Authorizing the City Manager to negotiate a contract with the sole qualified bidder Khaledi Bridge of the Americas Ltd. for approximately 32,542 square feet of unfinished retail space located at the corner of Convent and Water streets.

 

25.      Authorizing the City Manager to contribute $50,000.00 from the 250th Anniversary Celebration budget to the Villa Antigua Museum in exchange for a permanent display on the history of Laredo at that museum.

26.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement with the Laredo Chamber of Commerce to administer funds for the operation of the Monterrey office, known as the Laredo Trade & Travel Center, thru March 31, 2006.  The administrative fees to be charged by the Laredo Chamber of Commerce shall not exceed $400.00 per month.  Total fund administration for service thru March 31, 2006 shall not exceed $35,000.00.  Funding is available in the Convention & Visitors Bureau Fiscal Year 2005 -2006 budget.

 

27.      Authorizing the City Manager to sign an inter-local agreement with International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) to collect quarterly Water Quality samples from Manadas Creek for the Clean River Program (CRP) for the period of February 1, 2006 through August 31, 2007.  IBWC is under contract with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and is responsible for collecting the water quality data from seventy two (72) monitoring stations along the Rio Grande River.  Under the agreement, the Environmental Services Department will collect quarterly water quality samples and send to the IBWC contract lab, so there will be no cost for sample analysis except for the manpower to collect the samples.

 

28.      Motion to extend and award a Professional Service Contract to Garza, Martinez, & Co., Certified Public Accountants for a period of two (2) years in the amounts not to exceed $72,000.00 for each fiscal year in order to provide audit services for fiscal year ending September 30, 2006 and for fiscal year ending September 30, 2007.  Audit fees will be allocated to the professional services line item among the different funds to be audited. This contract is subject to future budget appropriations.

 

29.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of seventy (70) sets of structural fire fighting protective uniforms from Dooley Tackaberry, Deer Park, Houston, through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) cooperative contract pricing in the total amount of $121,798.50. The set includes the fire coat, trousers, knee boots, gloves, hoods, suspenders, and helmets.  Funding is available in the 2005 Contractual Obligation Bond proceeds, General Fund – Fire Department.

 

30.      Authorizing the City Manager to grant a public fireworks display permit to be held on February 19, 2006 at 8:00 p.m. at L.I.F.E. Downs on Highway 59 during the Washington’s Birthday Celebration sponsored by HEB Food Stores. The technician for the display will be Melrose Pyrotechnics, Incorporated.

 

31.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of one (1) replacement fire pumper truck from Siddons Fire Apparatus, Inc., Houston, Texas, in the total amount of $278,872.00, through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (Buy Board).  Funding is available in the 2005 Contractual Obligation Fund.

 

32.      Authorizing the City Manager to amend the contract with South Texas Food Bank for Fiscal 2005 – 2006 increasing the amount from $16,875.00 to $18,875.00, and authorizing the City Manager to implement the contract.  Funding is available in the General Fund / Aid to Other Agencies.

 

33.      Authorizing the City Manager to amend the contract with Border Area Nutrition Council for Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 increasing the amount from $18,125.00 to $28,125.00, and authorizing the City Manager to implement the contract.  Funding is available in the General Fund.

 

34.      Consideration to authorize the City Manager to execute a contract with PoliceReports.US, LLC, Mooresville, NC to provide an online police report distribution system.  This system will allow police reports to be secured via the internet.  The fee for service will be obtained through the fees collected during the distribution process and paid by the purchasers of reports.  For traffic reports, PoliceReports.US will retain $2.00 for each report distributed through their system.  The Police Department would receive $4.00 for each police report secured from the online system.

 

35.      Authorizing the City Manager to acquire through negotiations, that property that comprises a part of the Southern Hotel, legally described as, the south 49.6  feet of the east 25.6 feet of the west 35.5 feet of Lot 2, Block 73, Western Division, City of Laredo, in an amount not to exceed $85,000.00, plus incidental expenses. Funding is available in the 2002 Certificate of Obligation Fund.

 

XII.             STAFF REPORTS

 

36.       

 

A.                 Presentation by Texas Department of Transportation on current and proposed projects.

 

B.                 Presentation of the Fiscal Year 2004 – 2005 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) prepared by the City of Laredo’s Financial Services Department and audited by the Independent Audit Firm of Garza, Martinez, & Co.

 

C.                Presentation by the Utilities Department regarding the proposed rate restructuring and rate escalation for Capital Improvements including the Secondary Water Source, as recommended by the Water Issues Committee.

 

XIII.           GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

37.       

A.                 Request by Council Member Hector J. Garcia

1.           Discussion with possible action on designating $25,000.00 for various paving projects and $25,000.00 for various sidewalk projects, for a total of $50,000.00 designated funds from CIP District II Discretionary Funds.

2.           Discussion with possible action regarding the traffic plan on HWY 59 for the Jalapeño Festival.

3.           Discussion with possible action regarding the installation of a steel guard rail at the corner of Newport Avenue and O’Kane Street using CIP District II Discretionary Funds.

 

B.                 Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

1.           Status report regarding the construction projects at the Laredo International Airport.

 

C.                Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding the addition of $5,000.00 to the Utilities Department Highland Water Storage Tank Painting Project for the United High School football players’ recognition.

 

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

1.           Discussion with possible action to modify the Father McNaboe Park Master Plan to include a little league baseball field.

2.           Discussion with possible action regarding the purchase / construction of a mobile storage facility at the Father McNaboe Park.

3.           Discussion with possible action regarding the purchase of in-field bases for Northwest Little League.

 

E.                 Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding the lease with Webb County for water park land at Lake Casa Blanca.

 

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.

 

38.      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 in the Manadas Creek area, East of Interstate Highway 35 for purposes of regional drainage and retainage basin, 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.

 

XV.   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, February 1, 2006 at 7:00 p.m.

                                               

 

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

               City Secretary