CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2006-R-09

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

May 1, 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 February 6, 2006, and March 8, 2006.

 

V.                 COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

a.      Inaugural radio test transmission for new 800 MHz radio system.

b.      Presentation by Dr. Dennis D. Cantu, LISD Board President and Dr. Daniel Garcia, Jr., LISD Superintendent regarding the LISD Bond election scheduled for May 13, 2006.

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

a.      Presentation of the Fourth Annual Sister Cities Festival award and tribute to Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores for her devotion to the mission of “promoting peace through mutual respect, understanding, & cooperation - one individual, one community at a time”.

b.      Recognition of Council Member Alfredo Agredano for his eight years of service in the Transit Advisory Committee.

c.      Recognition of the appointees for District III, by Council Member John C. Galo.

d.      Recognition of the appointees for District I, by Council Member Alfredo Agredano.

e.      Presentation to Council Member John Galo, District III, and Council Member Alfredo Agredano, District I for eight years of service to the City of Laredo.

f.        Presentation by Susan Parish, The Webb County Community Coalition of SCAN, Inc., to members of the Laredo City Council for their support of the smoking ban.

 

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 Johnny Amaya of Rebecca C. Sepulveda to the Historic District / Landmark Board.

 

VII.             PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept a Federal Aviation Administration Grant and amend the City of Laredo FY 2006 Airport Construction Fund Budget to recognize additional revenues from a grant received from the Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program, being Grant Project No. 3-48-0136-48-06, in the amount of $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 by appropriating said grant revenue to the appropriate expenditure accounts and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment. 

 

2.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept a Federal Aviation Administration Grant and amend the City of Laredo FY 2006 Airport Construction Fund Budget in order to recognize additional revenues from the Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program, being Grant Project No. 3-48-0136-47-06, in the amount of $2,000,000.00 for noise mitigation under FAR PART 150 Noise Abatement Program for the Laredo International Airport by appropriating said grant revenue to the appropriate expenditure accounts and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.

 

3.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance establishing Laundromat service fees on all Multi-Family Apartment Properties where a Laundromat facility is available in the Airport Noise Compatibility Program and implementing a $1.00 fee for each washer or dryer cycle use.  The Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation as authorized through the property management service contract of November 20, 2000 will manage the maintenance of all washers and dryers.  

 

4.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance accepting a grant in the amount of $20,000.00 from the Texas Department of Transportation for enforcement of Vehicle Occupant Protection during the Memorial Day Holiday Crackdown and amending the City of Laredo’s Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Annual Budget in the amount of $20,000.00.  This grant is for overtime salaries, including fringe benefits, and is funded 100% by the Texas Department of Transportation.

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

VIII.           INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

5.          Amending Article II, Section 2-16, “Departments of the City,” of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo, Texas, clarifying the authority of the City Manager to appoint, suspend or remove all City Department Directors except as otherwise provided by law, the City Charter, or policies adopted in accordance with the Charter, and clarifying the authority of Department Directors to appoint, suspend or remove all employees in their respective departments, and limiting the power of each to delegate this specific authority; creating a new department of Communications and Administrative Support Services; and providing for severability and effective date.

 

6.          Amending Chapter 19, “Motor Vehicles and Traffic”, Article VIII; Stopping, Standing or Parking, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo: Specifically Section 19-364, restricted parking areas, by adding Subsection B “No Parking Anytime/Tow Away Zone” on Spring Road, north of Shiloh Drive; providing severability, an effective date and publication.

 

IX.               FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

7.           

2006-O-085                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).

 

2006-O-086                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).  

 

2006-O-087                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.                         

 

2006-O-088                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).               

 

2006-O-089                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).    

 

2006-O-090                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.                  

 

2006-O-091                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).             

  

2006-O-092                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). 

 

2006-O-093                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.

 

2006-O-094                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.

 

2006-O-095                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.

 

2006-O-096                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.

 

2006-O-097                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.

 

2006-O-098                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.

 

2006-O-099                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.

 

X.                 RESOLUTIONS

 

8.          2006-R-045     Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a Funding Agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation in the amount of $6,629,500.00 for the West Laredo Multimodal Trade Corridor Phase III – Calton Road Railroad Grade Separation Project.  The Federal contribution is $6,375,600.00 and the City’s contribution of $253,900.00.  Funding will be available through a future bond issuance.  The Federal contribution for this project is derived from $3,500,000.00 awarded through the National Corridor Planning and Development/Coordinated Border Infrastructure Program (NCPD/CBI), of which $975,600.00 is to be used for this project, $2,400,000.00 awarded through the Highway Discretionary Projects Earmarks, and $3,000,000.00 awarded through the Surface Transportation Projects Program.

 

9.          2006-R-046     Accepting the donation of a Utility Easement from Laredo Hills, Ltd., L.L.P., and Hurd Ranch Company, Ltd., to install a waterline to serve the Larga Vista Subdivision area.  Said easement being described in the document dated April 6, 2006, and recorded in Volume 2068, pp. 465-470, Official Property Records, Webb County, Texas, which is attached hereto as Exhibit 1, and the location of said easement being shown on Exhibit A attached to Exhibit 1.

 

10.      2006-R-047     Accepting the donation of one (1) Utility Easement from Javier M. Ramos for the extension of water and sewer services lines to the Tanquecitos II Subdivision.  This being the North 15 feet of Tract A-6, 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.

 

11.      2006-R-048     Amending contract with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) by decreasing the grant award amount by $1,832.52 for the operation of the two (2) continuous air monitoring stations (CAMS) by the City of Laredo Health Department, changing the total amount awarded to $208,167.48, for the contract term from September 1, 2003 through August 31, 2006.  The decrease in funds is due to a reduction in funding from TCEQ.

 

12.      2006-R-051     Resolution directing publication of notice of intention to issue City of Laredo, Texas Combination Tax and Revenue Certificates of Obligation, Series 2006, in the principal amount of $17,370,000.00 for paying all or a portion of the City’s Contractual Obligations for the purpose of constructing and equipping Police and Fire Department improvements for substations, a training center and headquarters building, constructing, improving, repairing, and extending city streets, and providing improvements to the West Laredo Corridor Project (Road Improvements), together with drainage improvements, traffic and signal equipment and improvements, constructing and equipping improvements to the City’s health complex, branch library, and municipal parks, and for the payment of legal, fiscal and engineering fees in connection with such projects.

 

XI.               MOTIONS

 

13.      Authorizing the City Manager to approve payment from the City’s Arena Renewal and Replacement Account for the purchase of folding chairs, pipe and drape, folding tables, and stage components and decking in a total amount not to exceed $50,000.00.  Items purchased through the Renewal and Replacement Account are on a 50% cost basis to the City of Laredo and a 50% cost basis to Arena Ventures, L.L.C.; funding is available in the Renewal and Replacement Account.

 

14.      Authorizing the City Manager to amend its 2004 Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) contract with the Laredo Homeless Coalition by extending the contract deadline from June 1, 2006 to August 15, 2006.  The 2004 Emergency Shelter Grant Funds are made available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

 

15.      Consideration to amend the existing Hosting Agreement, a multi-year contract with Crystal Group, Inc. a Texas Corporation, to increase the contract amount from $84,225.00 to $273,225.00 for Fiscal Year 2006, to include costs to meet contractual obligations of the City of Laredo, found in Schedule 2, A. Items 1, 10, and 11 of the Hosting Agreement; and to limit the financial responsibility of the City for Schedule 2, A.  Items 1, 10, and 11 to $189,000.00, not including local labor costs.  Funding is available in the Laredo Convention & Visitors Bureau Budget.

 

16.      Consideration to approve a five (5) year professional service contract with Estrada – Hinojosa & Company, Inc., Dallas, Texas, for Financial Advisory Services for the City of Laredo.  Financial advisory services fees are based on the size of the debt issuance sold and are paid from said proceeds.  Funding for these services will be available from proceeds of the debt issuance.

 

17.      Authorizing the City Manager to reimburse the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) in the amount of $38,159.00 in response to the Public Health Preparedness and Women Infants and Children (WIC) Program review.   

 

18.      Consideration to award contract FY06-057 to the sole bidder Rankin Automotive Transmission, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $65,625.00 for transmission repairs at the Fleet Maintenance Division.  The bid pricing is 8% lower than last contract period and will be firm during the contract period.  All repair work will be secured on as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Fund.

 

19.      Consideration to exercise the renewal option for one (1) additional year for contract FY04-049 for the purchase of automotive batteries from Laurel Battery, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated annual amount  of $29,642.70.  All batteries will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Budget.

 

20.      Approval to appoint Dr. Maurice Click to continue to serve as the Health Department’s Health Authority under Section 121.033 of the Texas Health and Safety Code, for the period of April 1, 2006 through March 31, 2008, and authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract with Dr. Click for professional services in the amount not to exceed $12,720.00 per year.  Funding is available in the Health Fund – Office of Public Health Practice (OPHP) grant.

 

21.      Consideration to authorize the City Manager to purchase vaccines in the amount of $55,990.00 for the 2006 – 2007 flu season from Sanofi Pasteur, Inc.  The Health Department will utilize the Texas Department of State Health Service’s federal contract pricing with Sanofi Pasteur, Inc. to purchase these vaccines.  Funding is available in the Health Department Budget.     

 

22.      Consideration to award contract number FY06-070 to Nueces Power Equipment, as the primary vendor, and United Rentals, as the secondary vendor, for providing an equipment rental contract for a backhoe with a concrete breaker attachment.  This equipment will be utilized on an as needed basis by the Utilities Department for construction and repair projects.  This contract establishes a daily rental rate for this equipment.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department Fund.

 

23.      Authorizing the City Manager to award a contract and enter into a lease agreement with Bodyworks Fitness and Equipment Inc., for the lease purchase of cardio and strength equipment to augment and/or replace existing equipment currently at five (5) recreation centers.  Funding is available in the Recreation Center Operational Budget.

 

24.      Refund of property tax in the amount of $795.87 to the following taxpayers and companies:

1.      A refund in the amount of $795.87 payable to Countrywide Home  
   Loans due to an erroneous payment.  Account # 985-60003-060.

 

25.      Extending the existence of the Traffic Calming Ad Hoc Committee to October 31, 2006 to continue addressing traffic calming issues especially as it pertains to introducing different traffic calming device alternatives for new and existing residential subdivisions.

 

XII.             STAFF REPORTS

 

26.       

A.                 Presentation of the Plan of Finance by Noe Hinojosa of Estrada – Hinojosa & Company, Financial Consultants, on a proposed sale of various bond issues including a Combination Tax and Revenue Certificate of Obligation Bond and a Waterworks & Sewer System Revenue Bond.

 

B.                 Staff report with possible action on the capacity of the landfill and all projected and proposed solid waste disposal plans for the City of Laredo.

 

C.                Presentation on the proposed municipal golf course by Assistant City Manager Horacio De Leon, Jr., with possible action.

XIII.           GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

27.       

A.                 Request by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores

1.           Discussion with possible action on amending the operations and maintenance agreement for the Laredo Entertainment Center, specifically Article IV Section 4.12 “Parking” and Article V Section 5.2 “Renewal and Replacement Account”.

 

B.                 Request by Council Member Hector J. Garcia

1.           Discussion with possible action on naming Dryden Little League Baseball Field for Javier Lozano.

 

C.                Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

1.           Discussion with possible action on converting Canal Street into a one-way street between Marcella Avenue and San Francisco Avenue.

2.           Discussion with possible action regarding the installation of bleachers and creating a soccer field at the Eistetter Park.

 

D.                Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Juan Ramirez

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding sending a notice of cancellation for the funding and contract with First Transit.  

2.           Discussion with possible action regarding the creation of a residential curbside loading zone for the elderly, El Metro Lift customers and others with physical impairments for the ease of pick up and drop off of this individuals.

3.           Status report on the March 2006 Washington, D.C. Trip.

4.           Discussion with possible action regarding the addition of a light to the existing pole on the west side of the Civic Center parking lot.

 

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.

 

28.      Request for executive session pursuant to section 551.071(1)(A) & (B) of the Texas Government Code to consult with the City Attorney the pending case and possible settlement with MG Builders in the case of Martin Villarreal, et al. v. City of Laredo, the Laredo Affordable Housing Corporation, MG Builders, WSC, Inc., Trinity Testing Laboratories, Inc., Cause No.  L-03-11, in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, Laredo Division [Case pertaining to the Los Obispos Affordable Housing Project]; and return to open session for possible action.

 

29.      Request for executive session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071 (1)(A)&(B) to consult with City Attorney regarding the pending case of Martin Villarreal et al, Cause No. L-03-CV-011 in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, Laredo Division; and return to open session for possible action.

 

XV.           RECESS AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING CORPORATION.

 

30.       Authorizing the City Manager to reject the sole bid received in response to the “FY06-072 – Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation Replacement of Sanitary Drain Lines” bid proposal; and authorize that new bids be solicited.  The sole bid exceed the budgeted amount for this project.

 

XVI.         ADJOURN AS THE LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING CORPORATION 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 26, 2006 at 6:30 p.m.

                                                                       

 

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary