CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2006-R-05

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

March 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.

 

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I.                    CALL TO ORDER

 

II.                  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

III.                ROLL CALL

 

IV.               MINUTES

 

Approval of the minutes of December 19, 2005, January 12, 2006 and
February 10, 2006.

 

V.                 COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

a.      Recognition of Xochitl Mora Garcia, of the City Manager’s Office, on her selection as February 2006 Employee of the Month.

b.      Recognizing Les Norton for serving on the Laredo Convention & Visitors Bureau Advisory Committee from 1997 to 2005.

 

Communiqués

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

VI.               APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

a.      Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores’ announcement of appointments.

b.      Appointment by Council Member Johnny Amaya of Louis H. Pellegrin to the Historic District / Landmark Board.

c.      Appointment by Council Member Juan Chavez of:

 

1.                  Blas M. Martinez to the Airport Advisory Committee

2.                  David J. Cantu to the Board of Adjustment

3.                  Gabriel Delgado to the Citizen's Environmental Advisory Committee

4.                  Javier Rangel to the Historic District / Landmark Board

5.                  Javier De Anda to the Library Advisory Committee

6.                  Pat Campos to the Para Transit Advisory Committee

7.                  Francisco Hernandez, II to the Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee

8.                  Javier “Rito” de Anda to the Planning and Zoning Commission

9.                  Hector Perez to the Telecommunications Advisory Committee

10.             Sylvia Ornelas to the Third Party Funding Advisory Committee

11.             Daniel W. Treviño to the Transportation & Traffic Safety Advisory Committee

12.             Frank Hernandez, III to the Tree Advisory Committee

13.             Susan Carlson and Imelda T. Rodriguez to the Laredo Commission for Women

14.             Ronnie Goodman to the Plaza Theatre Renovation Committee

 

VII.             PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Annual Operating Budget in the Environmental Services Fund Budget by accepting a donation of $200.00 from H.E.B. Stores and appropriating said funds for the purpose of providing food for the volunteers at the December 2005 Household Hazardous Waste and Used Tire Collection Event.

 

2.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo 2005 – 2006 Annual Budget for the Communications System Fund in the amount of $66,961.00.  The City of Laredo will be utilizing these funds for the purchase of additional equipment for the City of Laredo’s proposed 800 MHz trunked radio communications system project.  Funding is available as a transfer-in from various City departments.

 

3.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a one (1) year lease agreement between the City of Laredo Parks and Recreation Department and “Escuela de Futbol Guadalajara Soccer” for use of one (1) soccer field at the Ladrillera Park located at 1900 Pinder Road Avenue for a fee of $200.00 per month. The primary purpose of this agreement is to institute a soccer program for the youth of Laredo with the understanding that the fields are open for public use during non-program hours. 

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

VIII.           INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

4.          Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract by and on behalf of the City of Laredo, Grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone No. 94 and authorizing the City Manager to enter into an Operations Agreement with Bruni International Inc., as Zone Site Operator, to activate approximately 3,000 square feet of warehouse space located at Foreign-Trade Zone No. 94, Site III, effective upon execution.  Providing activation, administration and transaction fees be paid to the City and providing for an effective date. 

 

5.          Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Overhead Utility Easement Document WR# 11841321 with American Electric Power (AEP) for a 15’ easement (0.9851 acre tract out of Lot 1, Block 2, Laredo International Airport Subdivision) recorded in Volume 16, Pages 45-47 of the Webb County Plat Records for the purpose of installing overhead electrical facilities to serve the Laredo Town Center, Inc. commercial development leased premises; providing for an effective date.

 

6.          Adding Article XV (Prohibitions of certain activities by City Employees) to Chapter 21 (Offenses and miscellaneous provisions) of the Code of Ordinances adding Section 21-292 to prohibit discrimination; Section 21-293 to prohibit false statements; Section 21-294 to prohibit bribery; Section 21-295  to prohibit solicitation for Municipal Elections; Section 21-296 to prohibit employee participation in Municipal Elections; Section 21-297 to provide the penalty for any violation; and for discharge of employees convicted of violation; and for non-eligibility for City employment of any other person convicted of violation; providing for publication; and providing for effective date.

 

7.          Abandoning a utility easement described as being a 30 foot wide strip of land, containing 6,829.06 square feet or 0.157 acres, more or less, over and across Tract 3, in the Laredo Ranchettes Subdivision, Webb County, Texas.  Said utility easement was granted to the City of Laredo by Juan Estrada and Pedro Estrada by conveyance instrument dated April 23, 2004, recorded in Volume 1636, pp. 802-805 official property records of Webb County, Texas and described on the attached Exhibit. Said release of easement being in consideration of an alternative utility easement that was conveyed to the City of Laredo on December 2, 2005.

 

IX.               FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

8.           

2006-O-042               Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 5, Block 1413, Eastern Division, located at 2417 Market Street, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).     

 

2006-O-043               Authorizing a Special Use Permit for storage of flammable and explosive products on Lots 1, 2 and 3, Block 11, El Portal Industrial Park Subdivision Unit 7, located at 11921 Conly Road. 

 

2006-O-044               Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 34.64 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located northwest of River Bank Drive, from AG (Agricultural District) to R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area District).             

 

2006-O-045               Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 18.19 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located northwest of River Bank Drive, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  

 

2006-O-046               Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 2, Block 7, McPherson Acres Development Subdivision Unit 1, located at 5904 McPherson Road, from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).                

 

2006-O-047               Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 4.77 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at Alpes Court East of Campanario Lane, from B-3 (Community Business District) to R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area District). 

 

2006-O-048               Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning .95 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located on the south side of Highway 359 east of Rural Road 6068, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).  

 

2006-O-049               Amending the Laredo Municipal Housing Corp. (LMHC) FY 2005/2006 Budget by drawing down and appropriating $57,000.00 from its opening balance to the City’s Capital Improvement Fund to cover increased engineering/construction oversight costs associated with the Los Obispos Remediation Project.  The amendment is authorized by the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation’s Articles of Incorporation.   

 

2006-O-050               Amending the 2005-2006 approved Full Time Equivalent Positions for the City of Laredo Community Development Department by creating one (1) full-time Program Administrator position.  Funding is available in the Community Development Block Grant 31st Action Year.

 

2006-O-051               Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005-2006 Full Time Equivalent Positions by creating one (1) full time Audio Visual Technical Assistant position with benefits in lieu of one (1) Part-time Temporary Audio Visual Technical Assistant.  Funding is available in the Public Access Channel Fund.

 

2006-O-052               Amending Division 3 (RATES AND CHARGES) of Chapter 31 (UTILITIES) of the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances, specifically section 31-138 which provides for water rate charges, by changing the number of tiers in the water rates from 7 to 8 for residential with the establishment of a baseline rate tier for up to 2000 gallons usage that will not increase at this time, and a water conservation rate tier for largest volume water usage; and from 26 to 9 for multi-family and commercial; by increasing the remaining residential and commercial rates each year from 2006 to 2037 by the following percentages:  2006-25%, 2007-10%, 2008-7%, 2009-7%, 2010 through 2014-5% annually, and 2015 through 2037-2% annually.  These increases will automatically go into effect on January 1st of each subsequent year after the 2006 increase unless the City Council revises the ordinance; providing for publication and an effective date.  As amended.

 

X.                 RESOLUTIONS

 

9.          2006-R-023     Authorizing the City Manger to submit a grant application to the South Texas Development Council (STDC) in the amount of $40,000.00 with no matching funds.  Funds will be used for a litter education campaign.

 

10.      2006-R-025     Authorizing the City Manager to submit an application to the United States Foreign-Trade Zones Board for a temporary boundary modification on behalf of International Trade & Commerce, Inc., in accordance with Ordinance No. 2000-O-183 dated July 24, 2000.  The Temporary Boundary Modification consists of temporarily transferring the designation of 1.10 acres from the City of Laredo, Foreign-Trade Zone Site No. 1, located at the Laredo International Airport to the new temporary site which shall be designated as Site No. 1-D and located at 309 NAFTA Blvd.

 

11.      2006-R-026     A resolution by the City Council of the City of Laredo urging the President of the United States to reconsider the proposed fiscal year 2007 Federal Budget that provides a reduction in funding and/or elimination of essential programs and services which directly impact the public safety, health and livability of our community, specifically; 1) the reduction of the Community Development Block Grant by 25%.  2) the zero (0) budget allocation for the Centers for Disease Control Prevention Block Grant as it will adversely impact wellness and health promotion, staffing and the Tuberculosis Prevention Program of the City of Laredo Health Department and 3)  the elimination of the Community Oriented Policing Services Program.  

 

12.      2006-R-027     Ordering and proclaiming a general city election to be held on Saturday, May 13, 2006; designating polling places; designating a runoff date; providing for publication; and authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract with the Webb County Elections Administrator for the purpose of conducting a joint election with the City of Laredo.

 

13.      2006-R-031     Authorizing the City Manager to apply for a grant to fund the Project Safe Neighborhood Anti-Gang Unit awarded by the Office of Justice Programs at no cost to the City.  Funding will be used to pay overtime, fringe benefits and operational expenses for an Anti-Gang Task Force from May 1, 2006 through October 1, 2007. 

 

XI.               MOTIONS

 

14.      Consideration to award  contract number FY06-046, to the low bidder, Electronic Data Magnetics, Inc., High Point, N.C., in the amount of  $57,500.00,  for the purchase of  custom magnetic swipe cards (Gateway Pass) for the Bridge Department.  The terms of this contract allow for one additional order at the same contract pricing with-in twelve months of the initial order.  Funding is available in the Bridge Fund.

 

15.      Consideration for approval of acceptance of the Sidewalk and ADA Ramps Improvements along Juarez Avenue and approval of final payment in the amount of $8,879.75 to ALC Construction, LLC., Laredo, Texas.  Final construction contract amount is $69,897.50.  Funding is available in the Community Development 27th, 28th, and 31st Action Year / 2001, 2002, and 2005 Grants – CD Projects/City-Wide ADA Improvements.

 

16.      Consideration for approval to rescind the selection of consultant Arcadis, Laredo, Texas, for the Site Selection and Design of a Compost Facility for the City of Laredo Landfill since an Engineering Services Contract could not satisfactorily be negotiated,  and authorization to re-advertise the Request for Qualifications.

 

17.      Consideration for approval to award an engineering contract to Puig Engineering, LLC., in association with Mejia & Ruiz Land Surveyors, L.L.C., Laredo, Texas for an amount not to exceed $58,000.00 for design and preparation of plans and specifications for the Flecha Lane Drainage Improvements.  Funding is available in the 2005 CO Bond.

 

18.      Consideration to award an asbestos abatement contract to the lowest bidder, Jupe Environmental, Inc., from San Antonio, Texas, for the project entitled “Asbestos Abatement Services for 1008 Monterrey Avenue & 1016 Monterrey Avenue,” in the total amount of $8,660.00.  Funding is available in the Community Development – 31st Action Year – Demolition of Substandard Structures.

 

19.      Approval of selection of consultants Carter & Burgess, Inc., (in association with Frank Architects, Sherfey Engineering, Hargreaves Associates, Fermata Inc., PROS Consulting, and M2 Studio) and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract to provide consulting services for the Rio Grande River Vega Master Plan for the City of Laredo. Funding is available in the 2005 CO.

 

20.      Consideration to exercise the renewal option for one (1) additional year for contract FY05-051 for the purchase of dealer repair parts for the vehicle fleet to: Sames Motor Co., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $70,000.00 and North Park Lincoln, San Antonio, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $20,000.00.  The bid award allows for a one (1) year extension at the same contract pricing and with the same terms and conditions.  All parts will be purchased on an as-needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Budget.

 

21.      Consideration to exercise the renewal option for contract FY05-052 awarded to Southern Tire Mart, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $143,320.00, for the purchase of tires for all City vehicles.  The bid award allows for a one (1) year extension at the same contract pricing and with the same terms and conditions.  All tires are purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Fund.

 

22.      Consideration to exercise renewal option for contract FY05-049 for the following annual contracts, for repair parts and service for Elgin and Tymco street sweepers and Case Equipment: Kinloch Equipment, Pasadena, Texas, in the estimated amount of $40,000.00; Industrial Disposal Supply, San Antonio, Texas, in the estimated amount of $25,000.00, and Nueces Power Equipment, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $25,000.00. The bid award allows for a one (1) year extension at the same contract pricing and with the same terms and conditions. All parts and service will be purchased on an as-needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Budget.

 

23.      Consideration to award contract FY06-042, to the low bidder, BWI, Schulenburg, Texas in the estimated amount of $30,000.00 for providing bermuda seeds, fertilizer, and paper blocks for mulching for the Parks and Recreation Department. The term of this contract will be for a period of six months.  All items will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Parks and Recreation Department Budget and Construction Projects.

 

24.      Consideration to award contract FY06-047 to low bidder, Leslie Poolmart Inc., Phoenix, Arizona, in the estimated amount of $28,130.00 for providing pool chemicals for the Parks and Recreation Department.  Funding is available in the Parks and Recreation Department Budget.

 

25.      Consideration to award contract FY06-049 to the low bidder, Holguin Cleaners, Laredo, TX in the estimated annual amount of $23,000.00 for providing laundry dry cleaning services for Police Department non uniformed officers.  The city must provide dry cleaning service for non unformed police officers as a condition of the collective bargaining agreement.  The bid pricing is approximately 30% lower that the previous contract period.  Funding is available in the Police Department's budget.

 

26.      Consideration to award contract number FY05-102 to the low bidders, Precision Delta Corporation, Ruleville, MS, in the amount of $44,374.00 and Glaser, LLC, Sturgis, SD, in the amount of $4,359.50 for the purchase of practice and duty ammunition for the Police Department.  Funding is available in the Police Department Budget.  

 

27.      Consideration to award contract number FY06-038, in the estimated annual amount of $55,000.00, for the purchase of paper for copiers and printers from the sole bidder, Executive Office Supply, Laredo, Texas.  Departments will order these items on an as need basis.  The term of this contract is for a twelve month period and will include copy paper, green bar, and other computer paper.  Funding is available in the office supply line item budgets for the respective departments. 

 

28.      Consideration to exercise the renewal option for contract FY05-040 awarded to Dust-Tex Mat Rental Services, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $25,000.00, for providing dust mops and floor mats used at various municipal buildings.  The bid award allows for a one (1) year extension at the same contract pricing and with the same terms and conditions.  Funding is available in the various departments that utilize this service.

 

29.      Consideration to award contract FY06-040 to the sole bidder, Clark Hardware LTD., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $60,000.00 for the purchase of plumbing supplies for city maintenance and repair projects.  This is an annual contract and all items will be purchased on an as needed basis throughout the year for various city departments.  Funding is available in the Parks and Recreation Department, Airport, Public Works, Civic Center, Health, Municipal Housing, and Utilities department budgets. 

 

30.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract Renewal Agreement of a Professional Services Contract entered into with W. D. Schock Company, Inc., on February 18, 2003, for the rendering of certain administrative and management services for the Airport Residential Sound Reduction Program, as part of the overall City of Laredo International Airport Noise Compatibility Program.  Said contract Renewal Agreement is for the completion of Phase IV (twenty-seven homes) of the Sound Reduction Program for eighteen (18) months, beginning March 10, 2006, and not to exceed $580,466.00.  Funding is available in the Purchased Professional Services/Architectural Fees Account.

 

31.      Consideration to award contract FY06-045 to the sole bidder Movac Environmental, McAllen, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $30,000.00, for the transportation and disposal of leachate and contaminated water generated at the City of Laredo Landfill.  The term of this contract will be for a one (1) year period with an option to extend this contract for two (2), one (1) year terms subject to future budget appropriations.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Department Budget. 

 

32.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of five (5), chassis trucks through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (Buy Board) contract pricing in the total amount of $583,710.00.  Utilizing the Buy Board contract pricing, five auto side loader collection chassis trucks will be purchased from Rush Truck Center.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Department’s Budget.

 

33.      Consideration to fund an additional year of the contract with the Southwest Texas Rain Enhancement Association, for $77,397.53 to cover the cost of the 2006 program.  The program will begin in March and continue until November 2006, and will provide coverage of the entire surface of Webb County.  The City will guarantee the full payment of the program and will collect donations and other commitments from the county residents to defray the cost.  Funds for this project come from the Water Availability Fund.

 

XII.             STAFF REPORTS

 

34.       

A.                 Presentation by the Environmental Services Department of the evaluation of downtown storm and sanitary sewer systems and illegal connection elimination project by Carter & Burgess, Inc., in association with Crane Engineering & DFW infrastructure, Inc- CCTV inspection services.

 

XIII.           GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

35.       

A.                 Request by Council Member Hector J. Garcia

1.           Discussion with possible action instructing the City Manager to authorize the Traffic Department to obtain signatures to place speed humps on Newport Ave. and on the 3300 Block of O’Kane Street, declaring these projects to be in the best interest of public safety.

 

B.                 Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding the status of the closing of Jefferson Street, between San Dario Ave. and San Eduardo Ave., a pending street closure project.

 

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.

 

36.      Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072 in order to deliberate on the value of, and possible exchange of an approximate 88.69 acre tract of non-aeronautical use real property located along the east side of Bob Bullock Loop across from the airport passenger terminal at 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.

 

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, March 1, 2006 at 6:15 p.m.

                                                                       

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary