CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2006-R-06

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

March 27, 2006

5:30 P.M.

 

DISABILITY ACCESS STATEMENT

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I.                    CALL TO ORDER

 

II.                  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

III.                ROLL CALL

 

IV.               MINUTES

 

Approval of the minutes of January 9, 2006 and February 27, 2006.

 

V.                 COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

a.      Presentation by Anna Santa Cruz, Loan Officer, regarding the services provided by ACCION Texas in Laredo.

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

a.      Recognition of Louis and Janice Weber for the donation of a Suzuki Mini-Grande digital piano to the City of Laredo Parks and Recreation Department.

b.      Recognition of the All America Dance Studio Senior All Star Cheerleading Squad for winning the National Title at the Universal Cheerleading Associations’ National All Star Cheerleading Championship.

c.      Recognition of Bernardo y Sus Compadres for 35 years in the music service.

 

Communiqués

a.      Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores reports on the City of Laredo El Metro Transit System.

 

VI.               APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

a.      Appointment by Council Member Juan Chavez of:

 

1.                  Hector Cavazos to the Library Advisory Committee

2.                  Esther Firova to the Third Party Funding Advisory Committee

3.                  Cynthia Sierra to the Tree Advisory Committee

4.                  Imelda T. Rodriguez to the Charter Review Commission

 

VII.             PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 51, Block 1, North Point Hills Subdivision, located approximately at 249 North Point Drive, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to R-O (Retail/Office District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.     

 

2.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 3 and 4, Block 89, Eastern Division, located at 117 Laredo Street and 1218 Sanders Avenue, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.    

 

3.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 8, Block 95, Eastern Division, located at 802 Chihuahua Street, from R-O (Residential/Office District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.   

 

4.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 3.65 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located east of U.S. Highway 83 and south of Eleden Subdivision, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.    

 

5.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 6.59 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A,” located east of U.S. Highway 83 and south of Eleden Subdivision, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.  

 

6.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 20.13 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A” and located east of U.S. Highway 83 and south of Eleden Subdivision, from AG (Agricultural District) to R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.

 

7.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 4.18 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located south of Lomas Del Sur Boulevard and east of Colombia Drive, from R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change. 

 

8.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 31.99 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A” and located east of Sandhill Drive and north of Del Mar Boulevard, from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) and B-3 (Community Business District) to R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change. 

 

9.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 1.41 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located north of Del Mar Boulevard west of Sandhill Drive, from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change. 

 

10.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning .37 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located north of Blue Quail Road and Sandhill Drive, from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission has recommended approval of the zone change. 

 

11.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 1, Independence Hill Subdivision Phase 1, located at 4205 Loop 20, from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended denial of the zone change.

 

12.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1 and 2, Block 831, Eastern Division, located at 1501 Clark Boulevard, from R-1 (Single-Family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended denial of the zone change.     

 

13.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Bridge System Fiscal Year 2005-2006 Annual Operating Budget by increasing the Full Time Equivalent positions (FTE’s) by twenty one (21) for the City of Laredo Bridge of the Americas Modification Project (El Portal) which include eleven (11) Bridge Officer/Collectors, seven (7) Bridge Officer/Traffic Guards and three (3) Building Maintenance Mechanics.  Funding is available in the Laredo Bridge System Fund.  

 

14.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Section 1 of Ordinance 2005-O-209 of the City of Laredo and authorizing to reinstate a $35.00 per tag deposit for all new non-commercial and commercial customers that participate in the Automatic Vehicle Identification System (A.V.I.) as further described in Exhibit “A” and hereby repealing all conflicting sections in all ordinances currently in effect.

 

15.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Capital Improvement Fund Budget by appropriating $300,000.00.  These funds were generated by a Public Works Equipment Usage Charge on various City bond projects and appropriating said amount for equipment acquisition for the Public Works Department.

 

16.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 15, Health and Sanitation, Article VI “Indoor Clean  Air”, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo, Texas by amending Sections 15-78 through 15-81;  “No smoking in public places”; providing for violations, enforcement and penalties of the  policies implementing this Chapter; providing severability; and providing for an effective date and publication.

 

17.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $138,743.00 in additional funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services to extend the grant period an additional six (6) months, for a total amount of $306,835.00 and $144,222.00 in Program Income for the Office of Public Health Practice (OPHP) of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2005 through August 31, 2006.

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

VIII.           INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

18.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Carlos Rodriguez for approximately 960 square feet constituting Building No. 1319 located at 4011 North Jarvis Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for three (3) years commencing on March 1, 2006 and ending on February 28, 2009.  Monthly rent shall be $480.00 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

19.      Authorizing the City Manager to amend the Fiscal Year 2006 Veterans Field Fund Budget by providing for revenues and expenditures for Veterans Field in the amount of $100,000.00.  Funds will be generated through the Laredo Equities, LLC lease agreement of Veterans Field.

 

20.      Closing as a public easement a 12,199.49 sq. ft. parcel of land out of the Fairway Lane situated in the Country Club Commercial Subdivision, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, as recorded in Volume 3, Page 18-A, Webb County plat records, as described on attached Exhibit A and providing for an effective.

 

21.      Designating as a one-way southbound the 3300 and 3400 blocks of Texas Avenue, and designating as a one-way westbound the 2400 and 2500 blocks of Elm Street and designating as a one-way northbound the 3300 and 3400 blocks of Martin Avenue, during the peak hours of 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., and 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday, during school days, providing for the installation of appropriate signs to indicate one-way traffic in the directions indicated and providing for publication and effective date.

 

IX.               FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

22.       

2006-O-054                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.

 

2006-O-055                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.

 

2006-O-056                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. 

 

2006-O-057                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. 

 

2006-O-058                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.

 

2006-O-059                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.

 

X.                 RESOLUTIONS

 

23.      2006-R-028     Accepting the donation of one parcel of land as a utility easement from Joaquin Alvarado, Jr., Cristina Alvarado Lozano, Julian Alvarado, and Sylvia Alvarado Castor, for the extension of water and sewer services lines to the Laredo Ranchettes Subdivision.  Said parcel being a 15-foot utility easement containing 4,737 square feet of land, more or less, situated in Porcion 32, Abstract 296, Webb County, Texas, being out of tract 12, 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. 

 

24.      2006-R-029     Declaring the public necessity to acquire the “Surface Only” of one parcel of land for the widening of Bartlett Avenue between Sandman Street and Hillside Road.  Said parcel being 200.00 square feet, more or less, out of, lying, over, and across, a portion of Lot 29, Block 1, Flynn Subdivision, Section I, recorded in Volume 3, Page 5, Plat Records, Webb County, Texas; and described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits A and B; and authorizing staff to negotiate with the owner(s) for the acquisition of said parcel by purchase at a market value to be established by a State Certified Real Estate Appraiser, and further authorizing the City Attorney to initiate condemnation proceedings to acquire said parcel if staff is unable to acquire through negotiations due to inability to agree to a purchase price, conflict of ownership, owner(s) refusal to sell, and/ or inability to locate the listed owner(s). 

 

25.      2006-R-030     Accepting the donation of one parcel of land as a utility easement from Martinez Land Clearing Company, for the extension of water and sewer services lines to the Tanquecitos II Subdivision.  Said Utility Easement being the North 15 feet of Tract A-7, 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.

 

26.      2006-R-032     Accepting the dedication of a sanitary sewer easement from A & W Real Estate, Ltd., and Laredo Four Winds, Ltd., to provide sanitary sewer services to the area along South U.S. Highway 83, said easement being described in the document dated October 28, 2005 and recorded in Volume 2037, pp.796-801, Official Property Records, Webb County, Texas, which is attached hereto as Exhibit 1, and the location of said easement being shown on Exhibits A and B attached to Exhibit 1.

 

27.      2006-R-033     Authorizing the City Manager to apply for a grant in the amount of $624,685.00 to fund the Laredo Financial Narcotics Enforcement Team and a grant in the amount of $99,916.00 to fund the Laredo Multi-Agency Drug Related Public Corruption Task Force.  Both grants are funded by the Executive Office of the President, Office of the National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) at no cost to the City. Funding will be used to pay personnel salaries, fringe benefits, overtime, travel, and operating expenses from January 1, 2007 through December 31, 2007.  Funding for the STX Multi Agency Drug Related Public Corruption Task Force will be used for payment of fringe benefits, overtime, travel, and operating expenses from January 1, 2007 through December 31, 2007.

 

28.       2006-R-034     Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the Texas Automobile Theft Prevention Authority to fund the Laredo Auto Theft Task Force for the period of September 1, 2006 through August 31, 2007.  This grant pays salaries, fringe benefits, equipment, and supplies for Laredo Police Department personnel and Webb County personnel to combat auto theft in the City of Laredo and Webb County area. 

 

29.      2006-R-035     Confirming the Mayor’s Appointment to the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Policy Committee.

 

30.      2006-R-037     Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement between the City of Laredo and Laredo Shopping Center, LTD., (Target) for funding the construction improvements required for the installation and activation of a traffic signal on Clark Boulevard and Aguila Azteca Street. Target agrees to fund this project.  The City of Laredo will be responsible for the maintenance of the traffic signal, the electrical service necessary for the operation of the traffic signal and ownership after the completion of the project.

 

31.      2006-R-038     Consideration to authorize the City Manager to submit a grant application to the South Texas Development Council (STDC) in the amount of $25,000.00 with no matching funds.  Funds will be used to buy an industrial grade shredder to be used at the Material Recovery Center to be able to recycle paper that has sensitive information.

 

32.      2006-R-039     Consideration to authorize the City Manager to submit a grant application to the South Texas Development Council (STDC) in the amount of $11,000.00 with no matching funds.  Funds will be used to place one (1) drop-off site for downtown merchants and shoppers to keep cardboard boxes off the street curb during business hours.

 

33.      2006-R-040     Consideration to authorize the City Manager to submit a grant application to the South Texas Development Council (STDC) in the amount of $20,000.00 with no matching funds.  Funds will be used for a billboard campaign to promote recycling, and buy promotional items that will help further boost the success of the billboard campaign.

XI.               MOTIONS

 

34.      Consideration for approval of change order no. 2 an increase of $106,673.00 for additional electrical duct banks and pull boxes on Taxiway D and subgrade improvements to the General Aviation Apron to the construction contract with Ramos Industries, Inc., Pasadena, Texas, for the Laredo International Airport Reconstruction of Portions of Runways 17R-35L (Phases I and II), Taxiways B and D, and General Aviation Apron (Phase I) AIP Project No. 3-48-0136-042-2005 and AIP Project No.3-48-0136-044-2005 and to add twenty-five (25) calendar days to the construction contract time.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund – Taxiway D Project, General Aviation Apron Project and Runway 17R-35L Project.

 

35.      Consideration for approval of amendment no. 1 an increase of $96,047.00 to the professional services contract with Freese and Nichols, Inc., Forth Worth, Texas, for the Laredo International Airport Rehabilitation of General Aviation Apron for re-packaging to go out on bids for Phase II of the project.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund Purchased Professional Services/Project Engineer Fees – Proposed General Aviation Apron Grant.

 

36.      Consideration for approval of amendment no.1, a decrease of $44,979.39 to the professional services contract with Freese and Nichols, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, for work not incurred in Grant #32 for the construction administration of Phases II and III and approval of amendment no. 2, an increase of $62,497.00 for re-packaging and to go out on bids for the Laredo International Airport Northeast Cargo Apron Phase II.  Funding is available in the Airport Proposed North East Cargo Apron Grant and Program Income Division.

 

37.      Consideration for approval to award a professional services contract to Arcadis, in the amount of $1,279,218.00 for advanced preliminary engineering, plans, specifications, and an estimate package for the West Laredo Corridor Phase II – Calton Road Railroad Grade Separation.  Funding is available in the West Laredo/CPL Road – Phase II account.

 

38.      Consideration for approval of change order no. 1 a decrease of $19,937.25 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the CDBG Sidewalks City-Wide Project No. 29 (25 Blocks) and approval of final payment in the amount of $40,066.98 to ALC Construction, Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $173,611.00.  Funding is available in the Community Development Fund – 30th Action Year – 2004 Grant.

 

39.      Consideration for approval to award a professional Services Contract to Land Design Partners, Inc., Austin, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $176,000.00 for design and preparation of plans and specifications for the Slaughter Park Phase I.  Funding is available in the Community Development Fund – 30th Action Year – 2004 Grant.

 

40.      Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Arcadis, Laredo, Texas, for the CDBG Sidewalks City – Wide Project No. 32 (15 Blocks – District V) and approval to award an engineering contract for an amount of $12,050.00 for design and preparation of plans and specifications.  Funding is available in the Community Development Fund – 31st Action Year – 2005 Grant.

 

41.      Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Puig Engineering, L.L.C., Laredo, Texas, for the CDBG Sidewalks City-Wide Project No. 33 (5 Blocks – District V and 10 Blocks District VII) and approval to award an engineering contract for an amount of $12,050.00 for design and preparation of plans and specifications.  Funding is available in the Community Development Fund – 31st Action Year – 2005 Grant.

 

42.      Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder Prada Construction Company, Laredo, Texas, in the bid amount of $298,000.00 for the Improvements to the Immunization Clinic at the Laredo Health Department.  Funding is available in the 2005 CO Bond.

 

43.      Authorizing the City Manager to contract with the four (4) local testing laboratories (Drash Consulting Engineers, Inc., South Texas Testing Laboratories, Inc., Howland Engineering and Surveying Company, and Carrillo and Associates, Inc.) on a rotation and on as needed basis for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 for construction materials quality testing and subsurface exploration services, and to be funded from each respective project account.

 

44.      Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant for the Father McNaboe Splash Park, Seven Flags Park and West Lyon Splash Park Project (Design/Build) and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the Parks Capital Grant, Community Development Block Grant, and Texas Parks and Wildlife Grant accounts.

 

45.      Consideration for approval of change order no. 4 to add seventy-seven (77) calendar days to the construction contract time with Leyendecker Construction, Laredo, Texas, for the City of Laredo Bridge of the Americas Modification Project (El Portal) due to extra floor space added to Building “E” in change order no. 3 and other items.  Funding is available in the Bridge 2002 Revenue Bond.

 

46.      Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant for the North Central Park and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract. Funding is available in the 2005 CO Bonds.

 

47.      Consideration for approval to award a professional services contract to Drash Consulting Engineers, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $4,800.00 to provide subsurface exploration, laboratory, sampling, and testing services of materials for quality control for the Mayor Tatangelo Walkway Modification from Grant Street to Lincoln Street.  Funding is available in the District VIII – Tatangelo Walkway Study.

 

48.      Consideration for approval to award a professional Services Contract to Design Group International, Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $33,300.00 for design and preparation of plans and specifications for the Civic Center Re-Roofing located at 2400 San Bernardo Avenue.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund – Civic Center Renovation Project.

 

49.      Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Drash Consulting Engineers, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Asbestos Containing Building Materials Investigations for commercial and residential structures City - Wide for the Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract for each respective project.  Funding is to be available from each project account.

 

50.      Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a Lease Agreement between the City of Laredo and Laredo Texas Hospital Company, L.P. d/b/a Laredo Medical Center for the purpose of allowing the City of Laredo Health Department to house the WIC Program as it promotes wellness, nutrition, and breastfeeding.  The term of the agreement shall be for five (5) years beginning May 1, 2006 through April 30, 2011.  Annual rental rate is $39,814.56; monthly rental rate is $3,317.88.  The rental fee for the new site will be paid through the WIC Grant (226-6086) with an escalation cost not to exceed 3% per year.

 

51.      Authorizing the City Manager to allocate an additional $45,000.00 to pay for legal services related to the existing retainer agreement with the Law Offices of Baker Botts, L.L.P., for the lawsuit styled City of Laredo vs. Webb County, Case No. 03-05-00168-CV in the Court of Appeals for the Third District of Texas at Austin.  Funding is available in the Bridge System Fund.

 

52.      Consideration to award a contract for concessionaire at the Benavides Softball Complex and all municipal swimming pools to Mr. Alejandro Campos for a period of one year.  This vendor was the sole bidder and it is recommended based on the price structure provided and the percentage of revenue offered to the city during the bid process.  The agreement is expected to provide a monthly rental income of $100.00 during active sales months including 15% of the gross revenue from sales.

 

53.      Authorizing the City Manager to award a professional services contract to Carl S. Hirsh, Managing Partner of Stafford Sports, LLC. in the amount of $30,000.00 for research and development of a Request for Proposals and develop criteria for evaluating proposals in separate phases to determine the suitability of the construction of a Professional Baseball Stadium for the City of Laredo.  Funding available through the Sports Venue sales tax proceeds (Phase I).

 

54.      Consideration to award contract number FY06-052, to the sole bidder, Rodriguez Steel & Pipe Supply, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $30,000.00, for the purchase of assorted steel.  These materials will be purchased on an as needed basis by the Bridge System and Parks and Recreation Departments for construction and repair projects.  Funding is available in the respective departmental budgets.

 

55.      Consideration to award supply contract number FY05-036 to the following low bidders:  Libcon, Inc.  DBA Leyendecker Materials, Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $1,698,000.00 for the purchase of asphalt, black base, flexible base, asphalt oils, sand and gravel; Martin Marieeta Materials,  in the estimated amount of $245,200.00; and City Ready Mix, Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $222,500.00, for the purchase of ready mix cement.  These will be the primary vendors for the purchase of materials required for all city paving and construction projects.  The City received identical bids of $12.00 per cubic yard for the purchase of flexible base and sand delivered to the job site, from Leyendecker Materials and Pete Gallegos Paving, Inc.  Lots will be drawn at the City Council meeting to determine which vendor will be awarded a supply contract for both flexible base and sand.  Generally, the asphalt materials have increased approximately 31% from the previous contract period.  The term of the contract is for a one year period and is subject to the availability of funds.  All materials are purchased on an as needed basis utilizing the Public Works Department and construction project budgets.

 

56.      Consideration to authorize change order number 2, an increase of $74,905.30, for additional radio equipment, and the addition of five contract days to the 800MHz radio communication contract awarded to Motorola.  The change order includes a reduction of eighty (80) mobile radios and the addition of one hundred and thirty four (134) portable radios.  Funding is available in the Communication System fund budget.

 

57.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of seventy (70) sets of structural fire fighting protective uniforms from Dooley Tackaberry, Deer Park, Texas through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (Buy Board) contract pricing in the total amount of $124,362.00.  Funding is available in the 2005 Contractual Obligation Bond proceeds.  The City Council previously authorized that this same equipment be purchased through the Houston Galveston Area of Governments cooperative contract at the City Council meeting of 2/06/06 however this equipment is not available through this agency’s contract program.  The equipment is currently available through the Buy Board cooperative contract program.

 

58.      Consideration to award annual contract FY06-059 to the low bidder, Cantu Electric, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the base annual amount of $47,730.00 for the maintenance of the illumination systems along IH 35, Loop 20, Milo I, Milo II and FM 1472 for a term of one year.  The contract vendor will be required to maintain, repair, and/or replace the various appurtenances related to the existing roadway assemblies.  The bid pricing is 39% higher from last year due to the addition of Milo II and high mast luminaries along IH 35.  Funding is available in the Traffic Safety Department budget.

 

59.      Consideration to award annual services contract number FY06-055 to the sole bidder, Cantu Electric, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in an amount not to exceed $400,000.00 for the furnishing of materials, machinery, equipment, labor, and all other services necessary for the maintenance of street lights (not maintained by AEP-CPL) and traffic light/signal lights and for installation, construction, and underground work, for new and/or upgraded traffic signals and for the installation and maintenance of street lights.  This contract also contains provisions for the City departmental electrical services projects and repairs.  Funding is available in the Traffic Safety budget.

 

60.      Refund of property tax in the amount of $3,916.07 to the following taxpayers and companies:

1.        A refund in the amount of $905.10 payable to Manwani’s Enterprise Inc. due to an overpayment.  Account # 102-00079-040.

2.        A refund in the amount of $557.44 payable to U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development due to an overpayment.  Account # 938-60002-110-000010-037039.

3.        A refund in the amount of $1,593.26 payable to M & T Mortgage due to an erroneous payment.  Account # 947-40001-015.

4.        A refund in the amount of $860.27 payable to Aurora Loan Services due to an erroneous payment.  Account # 927-10005-160.

 

61.      Approving monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amount to be adjusted for month of February 2006 represents a decrease of $19,844.05.  These adjustments are determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

62.      Consideration for approval to award a professional services contract to provide a comprehensive water distribution system audit for the City of Laredo Utilities Department to JBS Associates from Houston, Texas for an amount of $88,000.00.  Funding is available in the Water Construction Fund. 

 

63.      Ratifying the City Manager’s authorization to use backhoe rental services provided by Holt Company of Texas, in August, 2005, and to pay the amount of $24,597.58 for said services.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department - Water and Wastewater Operations.

 

64.      Ratifying the City Manager’s emergency authorization of repair work performed by Ellis and Ellis, Inc. on a 20” water main located at Jefferson St. and San Dario Ave., and authorizing payment in the amount of $62,400.00.  Funding is available in the Water Construction Fund.

 

XII.             STAFF REPORTS

 

65.       

A.                 Staff report regarding the impact of various revenues on the Laredo Entertainment Center facility and operation.

 

B.                 Discussion with possible action to consider Police Officer Omar H. Moreno, Jr.’s first (1st) request for an extension of injury leave with pay in accordance with 143.073(b) of the Texas Local Government Code.

 

C.                Discussion with possible action to consider Firefighter Anthony Joel Tice’s second (2nd) request for an extension of injury leave with pay in accordance with 143.073 (b) of the Texas Local Government Code.

 

XIII.           GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

66.       

A.                 Request by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores

1.           Discussion with possible action on establishing a permanent facility for an EMS training classroom and staff as required by state law in a centralized area.

 

B.                 Request by Council Member John C. Galo

1.           Update on the El Portal project, with possible action.

2.           Update on overall thoroughfare plan for the City of Laredo, with possible action.

3.           Discussion concerning the obstruction of sidewalks by mail boxes or vehicles, with possible action.

C.                Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding the installation of traffic calming devices from Saunders to Lyon along Tilden Avenue.

2.           Status report regarding the installation of speed humps and other traffic calming devices around Milton Elementary School, with possible action.

 

D.                Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding the installation of speed humps on Cypress Drive between Hillside Road and Alta Vista Drive.

 

E.                 Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

1.           Discussion with possible action amending the Ordinance to decrease the separation requirement for amusement redemption machine establishment from residential districts and uses.

 

F.                 Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Juan Ramirez

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding the use of voting machines for the City Elections.

2.           Discussion with possible action on creating an access road to 101 E. Laredo St.

3.           Discussion with possible action regarding the installation of street lights for illumination at the following locations:

1.        2500 block of Convent

2.        2500 block of San Agustin

3.        1000 block of Main

4.        1800 block of Hidalgo

5.        1900 block of Matamoros

6.        1600 & 1700 blocks of Scott

7.        1000 block of Jefferson

 

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

                       

67.      2006-RT-001   Authorizing the City of Laredo to file an application with the Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, United States of America, in the amount of $3,778,375.00 for Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006, and authorizing the City Manager to execute all related documents.

           

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, March 22, 2006 at 6:30 p.m.

                                                                       

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary