CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2006-R-07

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

April 3, 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

 

V.                 COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

a.      Recognizing Fernando Montemayor for serving on the Laredo Convention & Visitors Bureau Advisory Committee from 1997 to 2005.

b.      Recognizing the Del Mar 2005 Major Division All Stars Little League Team on their 2005 District Championship title and their Sectional Championship victory at the Major Division Little League State Tournament.

 

Communiqués

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

 

VI.               APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

a.        

 

VII.             PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.          Public hearing providing community residents an opportunity to comment on their housing and community need and projects that they wish to see funded for fiscal year 2006 – 2007 through the 32nd Action Year (AY) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), and the 2006 HOME Investment Partnerships Grant (HOME), the 2006 Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG), and the 2006 American Dream Downpayment Initiative Program (ADDI) in support of the preparation and submission of the 2006 Consolidated One Year Action Plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

 

2.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Annual Operating Budget in the Fire Prevention and Arson Fund Budget by accepting a donation of $750.00 from Wal-Mart Stores and appropriating said funds for the purpose of purchasing Fire Safety Educational Promotional Materials for the Fire Prevention Division.

 

3.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance 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.

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

VIII.           INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

4.          Authorizing the City Manager to execute a renewed lease with International Bank of Commerce and Sanchez Oil & Gas Corporation, A Joint Venture, for approximately 0.1182-acre tract of land located on Block No. 1 within the southwest fuel farm at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for five (5) years commencing on October 1, 2005 and ending in September 30, 2010, and may be extended for an additional five (5) years ending on September 30, 2015.  Monthly rent shall be $463.50 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

5.          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 Rafael A. Morales, Inc., as Zone Site Operator, to activate approximately 15,000 square feet of warehouse space located at Foreign-Trade Zone No. 94, Site III, Killam Industrial Park, effective upon execution. Providing activation, administration and transaction fees be paid to the City and providing for an effective date.

 

6.          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 Nippon Express USA, Inc., as Zone Site Operator, to activate approximately 7,000 square feet of warehouse space located at Foreign-Trade Zone No. 94, Site III, Killam Industrial Park, effective upon execution. Providing activation, administration and transaction fees be paid to the City and providing for an effective date.

 

IX.               FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

7.           

2006-O-060               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). 

 

2006-O-061               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).      

 

2006-O-062               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).    

 

2006-O-063               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).      

 

2006-O-064               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).    

 

2006-O-065               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). 

 

2006-O-066               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).   

 

2006-O-067               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).  

 

2006-O-068               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).  

 

2006-O-069               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).   

 

2006-O-070               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.  

 

2006-O-071               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.

 

2006-O-072               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.

 

2006-O-073               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. As Amended.

 

2006-O-074               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.

 

2006-O-075               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.

 

2006-O-076               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.

 

2006-O-077               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.

 

2006-O-078               Amending Chapter 28, (Streets, Sidewalks and Public Places) of the Code of Ordinances by amending Article V, (Commercial Use of Streets, Sidewalks and other Public Places), as follows:  Deleting section 28-100 (c); section 28-101 to allow for vendors to contract within the city; section 28-104 by adding a requirement for an official street vendor picture identification and a fee of $20.00 for street vendor picture id’s; permits per vending area; authorizing a fee of $200.00 for issuance or renewal of a street vending permit; section 106 by enabling approved carts to be used outside the central business district; section 28-108 by requiring vendor to provide the City with a complete criminal background record; section 28-110 providing for a penalty; providing for injunctive relief and severability; authorizing a penalty for violation of this ordinance; and amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $13,420.00 in additional funds from the fees related to identification cards and providing for effective date and for publication.  As Amended.

 

2006-O-079               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).       

 

 

 

 

X.                 MOTIONS

 

8.          Consideration to award contract number FY06-058 to Professional Embroidery, Laredo, Texas, in the base amount of $17,835.00 for the purchase of Polo Shirts; and Champs Distribution, Laredo, Texas, in the base amount of $11,500.00 for the purchase of Pewter Trays for the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.  Funding is available in the Convention and Visitor Bureau Budget. 

 

9.          Consideration to award contract number FY06-004 to the low bidder, Power Car Wash and Detail, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $51,870.00, for furnishing car wash services for the City’s automotive fleet.  Bids were requested on car wash services with and without inside vacuum.  All services are secured on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Fund. 

 

10.      Consideration to exercise the renewal option for one (1) additional year for contract number FY05-061 awarded to JJJ International Safety Equipment, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $25,000.00 for providing powdered electrolyte replacement drinks (Sqwincher) for City services crews.  Electrolyte replacement drinks are purchased on an as needed basis during the summer months for the service crews to prevent dehydration.  Funding is available in the following budgets: Public Works, Solid Waste, Fleet Maintenance, Traffic Safety, Engineering, Risk and Parks and Recreation.

 

11.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of five (5) auto side loader collection units through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (Buy Board) contract pricing in the total amount of $367,465.00 from McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing, Hutchins, Texas.  These units will be installed on five (5) chassis trucks recently ordered.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Department’s Budget.

 

12.      Authorizing the City Manager to acquire through negotiations, the “Surface Only” of Lot 4, Block 23, Western Division, for the widening of Salinas Avenue and construction of a pedestrian plaza, between Zaragoza and Water Streets, as part of the El Portal Project, in an amount not to exceed $325,000.00, plus incidental expenses.  This will be a voluntary transaction.  Funding is available in the Bridge Operations Budget.

 

13.      Award a construction contract to the lowest bidder J. Solis Maintenance, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $1,644,759.00 for the construction of the SH 359 Tanquesitos I – Wastewater Collection and Water Distribution Improvements Project, subject to the approval of the TWDB. The Tanquesitos I – Wastewater Collection and Water Distribution Improvements consist of constructing 8” water distribution line and 10”/8” sanitary sewer collection line to Colonias Los Tanquesitos I within SH 359 Planning Area. The construction time is 300 calendar days.  Funding is available in the Colonias Construction Fees.

 

XI.               STAFF REPORTS

 

14.       

A.                 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.

 

B.                 Report by Parks and Recreation Department and Land Design Partners regarding the Municipal Golf Course proposal, with possible action.

 

C.                Presentation by the Utilities Department regarding a public education campaign on the water rate increase.

 

XII.             GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

15.       

A.                 Request by Council Member Hector J. Garcia

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding enforcement process for the No Smoking in Public Places Ordinance.

2.           Discussion with possible action to use $10,000.00 from District II Capital Improvement Program discretionary funds for park improvements at Dryden Baseball Field.

 

XIII.           EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

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

           

XIV.         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 29, 2006 at 6:00 p.m.

 

           

                                   

                                                                        Donna Copeland-Magnon

                                                                        Deputy City Secretary