CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2006-R-08

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

April 17, 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 23, 2006.

 

V.                 COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

a.      Recognition of the City’s Customer Service Program for receiving the Laredo Chamber of Commerce Five Star Service Award in the Community Services Division.

b.      Recognition of Venancio “Benny” Mota, of the Parks and Recreation Department, on his selection as March 2006 Employee of the Month.

c.      Recognition of the Del Mar 2005 Major Division All Stars Little League Team on their 2005 Laredo District 34 Championship Title and their Section 4 Championship victory at the Texas West State and Southwest Regional Major Division Little League State Tournament.

d.      Recognition of the J.B. Alexander High School UIL Academic
Competition Team on their 9th consecutive District Championship.

 

VI.               APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

a.      Appointment by Council Member Gene Belmares of Jeff Puig to the Historic District / Landmark Board.

 

VII.             PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 4,715.02 square feet out of Lot 5, Block 1127, Western Division, further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at 2016 Farias Street, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District). The Planning and 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 2,505.83 square feet out of Lots 1, 2 and 3, Block 1127, Western Division, further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at 2012 Farias Street, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District).  The Planning and 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 authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a contractor’s office and warehouse on Lots 1, 2 and 3, Block 1998, Eastern Division, located at 3203 Kearney Street.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the conditional use permit.                       

 

4.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning of Lot 1, Block 1, Elizabeth Bonugli Subdivision, located at 7309 Wagner Street, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District).  The Planning and 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 9.04 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located on North Bartlett Avenue south of Del Mar Boulevard, from R-1 (Single-Family Residential District) and R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.   

        

6.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Ordinance No. 2004-O-089 authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit to David Richter for a concrete batch plant on 5.00 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at 4318 S. Zapata Highway, by extending the terms of the permit two (2) more years.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the Conditional Use Permit.                  

 

7.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning of Lots 1 and 2, Block 1625, Eastern Division, located at 1003 S. Louisiana Avenue, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District).  The Planning and 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 37.65 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located north of Enlace Street east of Arco Iris Street, from R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area District) to R-1MH (Single-Family Manufactured Housing District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.

 

9.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Annual Budget for the South Texas Regional 911 System Fund by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $336,454.00.  The Commission on State Emergency Communication provided a subsequent allocation to the South Texas Region for the period of September 1, 2005 through August 31, 2006.

 

10.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo 2005 – 2006 General Fund annual budget by adding one (1) full time equivalent position to address legislative matters for the City of Laredo.  Funding in the estimated amount of $28,200.00 for the latter three months of this fiscal year including salary and fringe benefits is available in General Fund – City Manager’s Department.

 

11.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2006 General Fund Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $144,254.00 respectively for the lease purchase financing of necessary cardio and strength equipment for the recreation centers and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.  Funding for the lease will be contingent on funding availability in subsequent fiscal years.

 

12.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the Fiscal Year 2006 Recreation Fund to appropriate expenditures in the amount of $130,000.00 for a professional services contract for research and development of a Request for Proposals and develop criteria for evaluating proposals to determine the suitability of the construction of a new Baseball Stadium for the City of Laredo.  Funding is available in the Recreation Fund Balance.

 

13.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance accepting a grant awarded to the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 budget to reflect the actual grant amount of $99,916.00 awarded by the Office of the National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), at no cost to the city, to fund the STX Multi-Agency Drug Related Corruption Task Force.  Funds will be used to pay overtime, fringe benefits, and operational expenses from January 1, 2006 through December 31, 2006.

 

14.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance accepting a grant awarded and amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 budget by decreasing revenues and expenses in the amount of $7,260.00 to reflect the actual grant amount of $630,685.00 awarded by the Office of the National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), at no cost to the city, to fund the Laredo Financial Task Force.  Funds will be used to pay personnel salaries, travel, and operational expenses from January 1, 2006 through December 31, 2006.

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

VIII.           INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

15.      Abandoning a utility easement described as being a 15 foot wide strip of land, containing 0.0344 acres, more or less, situated in Porcion 32, Abstract 296, Antonio Treviño, original grantee, Webb County, Texas.  Said 0.0344 acre tract being out of Tract A-4, Tanquesitos II Subdivision, Webb County, Texas and being a utility easement was granted to the City of Laredo by Rafael Hernandez by conveyance instrument dated January 15, 2003, recorded in Volume 1354, pp. 645-647, Official Public Records of Webb County, Texas, and described on the attached Exhibit A.  Said release of easement, being in consideration of an alternative utility easement that was conveyed to the City of Laredo on January 19, 2006 and providing for an effective date.

 

 

IX.               FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES  

 

16.       

2006-O-080                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.

 

2006-O-081                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.

 

2006-O-082                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.

 

2006-O-083                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.

 

2006-O-084                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.

 

X.                 RESOLUTIONS

 

17.      2006-R-041     Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount of $49,000.00 from the Texas Department of State Health Services for the City of Laredo Health Department OBH-Border Health to support activities of the Los Dos Laredos Council and the Healthy Border 2010 Projects, for the period beginning April 1, 2006 through September 30, 2006.

 

18.      2006-R-042     Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the amount not to exceed $75,000.00 and $3,974.00 of in-kind contributions for the Environmental Health Care Response and Management Along the US/Mexico Border Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning March 16, 2006 through February 28, 2007, and execute the grant agreement.

 

19.      2006-R-043     Authorizing the City Manager to submit two (2) grant applications to the Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program in the amount of $2,000,000.00 for Noise Mitigation under FAR Part 150 Noise Abatement Program and $1,424,968.00 to improve runway safety area, conduct a benefit/cost analysis to include environmental assessment for a future runway extension project, construct cargo pads, airfield electrical improvements, A & E Services to rehabilitate general aviation apron phases 3 and 4, complete noise study and acquire an interactive employee training system at the Laredo International Airport. The five (5%) percent local match is available in the Airport Fund, Land Reimbursable Account (Rash Tract).

 

XI.               MOTIONS

 

20.      Motion to approve the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the City of Laredo and the International Association of Firefighters Local 1390 through its president, effective April 1, 2006 through September 30, 2010; said agreement was negotiated by the representatives of the City and Local 1390 I.A.F.F. in accordance with the provisions of the Texas Local Government Code Section 174.101; and authorizing the City Manager to execute said agreement.

 

21.      Motion to accept the recommendation of the Downtown Redevelopment Committee to reject a proposal by El Portal Center, LLC for the construction of a convention center, international trade center, hotel, and pedestrian bridge to link the Laredo Factory Outlet Stores to such proposed facilities.

 

22.      Consideration for approval to ratify the professional services contract with Drash Consulting Engineers, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for an amount of $18,030.00 for the Laredo International Airport Reconstruction of Taxiway
A & B and approval of amendment no. 1 an increase of $3,780.00 for additional sampling for plant mix bituminous pavements.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund.

 

23.      Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder, J. Solis Maintenance and Welding Services, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $324,420.00 for the Laredo Street Drainage Improvements Phase I.  Funding is available in the 2003 CO Bond and in the 1999 Water CO Bond.

 

24.      Consideration for approval of change order no. 1 a decrease of $28,415.77 for the reduction in the betterment allowance which was not used in the project, acceptance of the Fire Station No. 14 – Cielito Lindo Subdivision and approval of final payment in the amount of $69,377.66 to Puma Builders, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final construction contract amount is $1,387,553.23.  Funding is available in the 2003 CO Issue.

 

25.      Consideration to award a contract to Laredo Moving & Storage, Inc., Laredo, Texas in an amount not to exceed $35,000.00 for moving and storage services related to the Los Obispos Housing Remediation Project.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund – Los Obispos Housing Project.

 

26.      Authorizing to extend the existing agreement with the Laredo Chamber of Commerce through September 30, 2006 and negotiate a long-term contract for the administration of funds to operate the Laredo Trade & Travel Center for Fiscal Year 2006 – 2007 with the option to self-renew for one (1) year.  Total expense for the existing agreement shall not exceed $50,000.00.  Funding for the extension of the existing agreement is available in the Convention & Visitors Bureau Fiscal Year 2006 Budget.  

 

27.      Consideration to authorize Miss Texas USA Pageant accommodations contract FY06-068 as follows: Section I to Holiday Inn Civic Center, Sections 2 & 3 to La Posada Hotel/Suites, Section 4 to Homewood Suites, and Section 5 to Days Inn as per the hosting agreement. Funding shall not exceed $96,000.00.  Funding is available in the Laredo Convention & Visitors Bureau Budget. 

 

28.      Consideration to amend contract number FY04-122, awarded to Envirosolve, L.L.C., Tulsa, OK, on September 19, 2005, by increasing the contract amount for the FY06 contract period by $55,142.00.  A Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection event was held in December 2005 and another event is scheduled for May 2006.  This contract is being amended to include the anticipated cost to conduct this second event.  The amended contract amount for FY06 will be $90,000.00.  Funding is available in the Environmental Services Fund and Hazardous Materials Fund.

 

29.      Consideration to award annual contract FY06-063 to the low bidders meeting specifications, Dooley Tackaberry, Inc, Deer Park, TX, Municipal Emergency Services (MES) Inc., Houston, TX, and Ferrara Fire Apparatus, Holden, LA, for the purchase of tools and equipment used by the Fire Department. This contract establishes a fixed contract price for an eighteen (18) month term and allows the Fire Department to purchase tools and equipment as needed throughout the contract period. The contract items include: axes, bolt cutters, chisels, claw tools, foam, hoses, nozzles, ladders, wrenches, and an assortment of other tools used by the department.  Funding is available in the Fire Department Budget.

 

30.      Consideration to award contract FY06-060 to the low bidder, South Texas Waste Systems, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $25,000.00, for providing portable restrooms for city parks, city sponsored events, and construction job-sites.  All services will be secured on an as needed basis.  Contract pricing has been secured for daily, weekend, and monthly service.  Funding for this contract is available in the Parks and Recreation Department and Capital Improvement Project / Contractual Obligation construction budgets.

 

31.      Consideration to authorize the purchase and installation of a fully ADA accessible Custom Kids Choice play system, benches, safety surfacing, and shade structure at Canizales Park from Park Place Recreation Designs, Ltd. through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (Buy Board) contract pricing in the total amount of $69,651.90.  Funding is available in the 31st Action Year – 2006 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for Canizales Park Improvements.

 

32.      Consideration to award contract number FY06-051 to the sole bidder, Dr. Ike’s Home Centers, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $25,000.00 for the purchase of Portland cement and concrete mix sacks.  These materials will be purchased on an as needed basis by the Utilities, Public Works, and Parks and Recreation Departments for construction and repair projects.  The term of this contract is for a six (6) month period.  Funding is available in the respective departmental budgets.

 

33.      Consideration to exercise the renewal option for contract FY05-023 to the sole bidder, Wilkinson Gary Iron and Metal, Laredo, Texas, for the sale of scrap metal recovered or collected at the Solid Waste facility and the recycling centers.  The term of this contract was for a period of one (1) year with an option to renew for two (2) additional, one (1) year terms.  The City is requesting authorization to extend this contract for one (1) additional year.  Revenue generated from this contract is recognized in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

34.      Consideration to award contract number FY06-067, to the low bidder, Pabco Industries, Newark, NJ in the amount of $100,380.00, for the purchase of 1.5 million plastic bags for use in the City’s Recycling Program.  The bid pricing is 7% higher than the previous purchase amount.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

35.      Consideration to exercise the renewal option for contract FY05-057 to U.S. Filter Recovery Services, Luling, Texas, for the collection, transportation, and disposal services for used automotive motor oil and filters from City of Laredo’s Do-it-Yourself Centers, Fleet Maintenance and El Metro facilities.  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.  The city will be paid $0.33/gallon for used motor oil and there will be no charge for the other services.  Authorization is requested to extend this contract for one (1) additional year.  Funds will be deposited in the respective department’s revenue.  

 

36.      Approving monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amount to be adjusted for the month of March 2006 represents a decrease of $29,616.95.  These adjustments are determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

37.      Authorizing the City Manager to award a contract to the lowest qualified bidder Balch Machine Company from Brownsville, Texas, in the amount of $83,562.00 for refurbishing and repair of the Lyon Street Pump Improvements. Funding is available in the Water Fund – Water Construction Division.

 

38.      Authorizing the City Manager to award a contract to the lowest qualified bidder Balch Machine Company from Brownsville, Texas, in the amount of $282,204.00 for refurbishing and repair of the Jefferson Street WTP Raw Water Pumphouse #2.  Project and funding is available in the Water Fund – 2004 Revenue Bond.

 

39.      Authorizing the City Manager to award a contract to the lowest bidder Rafter P. Transport of New Braunfels, Texas in the amount of $61,250.00 for the hauling and disposal of water treatment plant sludge for the Jefferson Street Water Treatment Plant to the City Landfill.  Funding is available in the Water Fund – Construction Division.

 

40.      Amend the contract to Hicks & Company, Austin, Texas for $1,686.61 to include additional costs for preparing the Supplemental Environmental Information Document deliverables for the Laredo Chacon Creek Wastewater Interceptor EID.  Funding is available in the Sewer Fund-1998 A Bond Construction.

 

41.      Authorizing the City Manager to initiate the process of acquiring properties in the Southwest area of the City for a future convention center. 

 

XII.             STAFF REPORTS

 

42.       

A.                 Report by Espey Consultants on the Zacate Creek sewer shed evaluation and recommendations for improvements.

 

XIII.           GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

43.       

a.       

A.                 Request by Council Member Alfredo Agredano

1.           Discussion with possible action to allocate $50,000.00 from District I Capital Improvements Discretionary Fund for the construction of a jogging trail at the Century City Park.

 

B.                 Request by Council Member John C. Galo

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding city policies and procedures for termination of City Employees.

2.           Discussion with possible action regarding the first month’s water bill to reflect initial fess and deposit amounts associated with opening a water service account.

 

C.                Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

1.           Discussion with possible action on creating a No Parking / Tow Away Zone at Spring Road and Shiloh Road.

2.           Discussion with possible action regarding prohibiting off premises solicitation for Nacionalización de Vehículos.  (Co-Sponsored by Mayor Pro-Tempore Juan Ramirez)

3.           Discussion with possible action on extending speed humps east of Livingston Drive to North Crest Drive on Northstar Drive

 

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.

 

44.      Request for executive session pursuant to the 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.           RECESS AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

 

45.      GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

A.                 Request by Council Member John C. Galo

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding National Labor Relations Board communications concerning jurisdiction issues and related transportation matters.

 

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, April 12, 2006 by 7:30 p.m.

 

 

                                                                       

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary