CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2006-R-11

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

June 5, 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 March 27, 2006 and April 3, 2006.

 

V.                 COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

a.      Laredo Convention & Visitors Bureau and Miss Laredo, Ana Rodriguez, inviting the Mayor and City Council to the Miss Texas USA Pageant events on June 18 – 25, 2006.

 

Recognitions

a.      Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores comments on the volunteerism and service of her appointees to boards, committees, and commissions.

b.      Recognition of the Budget Department on receiving the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for the 15th consecutive year.

c.      Recognition of Victor M. Sanchez, of the Laredo Bridge System, on his selection as May 2006 Employee of the Month.

d.      Presentation of the 2005 – 2006 City of Laredo Cooperative Training Program/Industrial Cooperative Training (CO-OP/ICT) student employees.  This program allows high school students to both study and work part-time with the City of Laredo.

e.      Recognition of Raul ‘Roy’ Garcia for winning 1st place in the 2006 Keep Texas Beautiful - Ed Davis Litter Law Enforcement Award category.

f.        Recognition of David Michael Gonzalez for winning 1st place in the 2006 Keep Texas Beautiful -Ruthe Jackson Youth Leadership Award – Scouting category.

 

Communiqués

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

 

VI.               APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

a.       

 

VII.             PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Special Use Permit for mini storage/warehousing, on 3.29 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at Monaco Drive and McPherson Road.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the Special Use Permit.

 

2.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a bus terminal on Lot 10, Block 176, Western Division, located at 1102 Santa Ursula Avenue. The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the conditional use permit.

 

3.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Laredo Municipal Housing Corp. (LMHC) Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Budget by drawing down and appropriating $250,000.00 from its opening fund balance to the City’s Capital Improvement Fund to cover additional costs associated with the Los Obispos Remediation Project.  The amendment is authorized by the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation’s Articles of Incorporation.

 

4.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance accepting a grant by the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields program in the amount of $100,000.00 with the City designating $20,000.00 in matching funds for a total of $120,000.00 and amending the City of Laredo’s Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Annual Budget for the Environmental Services Fund by appropriating the said grant revenue to the appropriate expenditure accounts.  The grant monies will be used to cleanup the Killam Lake site located in Chacon Creek.  Matching funds are available in the Environmental Services Fund. 

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

VIII.           INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

5.          Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with GearHart Aviation Services, LLC, for approximately 400 square feet constituting Building No. 124 located at 4603 Maher Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on May 1, 2006 and ending on April 30, 2007, and may be extended for two (2) terms of one (1) year each ending on April 30, 2008 and April 30, 2009.  However, it is agreed by the parties that the lease may be terminated by either party upon giving a thirty (30) day written notice from the party terminating to the other.  Monthly rent shall be $600.00 and will be adjusted annually during the primary and extension terms of this lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

6.          Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Aero Center, Inc. for Fuel Pad No. 1 consisting of 1,161 square feet located at the East Fuel Farm at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for five (5) years commencing on June 1, 2006, and ending on May 31, 2011, and may be extended for two (2) terms of five (5) years each ending on May 31, 2016, and May 31, 2021.  Monthly rent shall be $500.00 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index and further adjusted by appraised fair market value at every fifth (5th) anniversary; providing for an effective date.

 

IX.               FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

7.           

2006-O-106               Amending Ordinance No. 2005-O-121 authorizing the issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for inventory storage on Lots 1 and 3, Block 992, Western Division, located at 3902 Main Avenue, by removing the term limit restriction of the permit.                       

 

2006-O-107               Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 1490, Eastern Division, located at 2501 Market Street, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  

 

2006-O-108               Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for sale and outdoor storage of commercial metal racks on the Lots 6, 8 and 10, Block 1030, Western Division, located at 4102 Santa Maria Avenue

 

2006-O-109               Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 11.96 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit "A", located at the southwest corner of F.M. 1472 and Trade Center Boulevard, from AG (Agricultural District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District).

 

2006-O-110               Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 5, Las Flores Subdivision Phase 2, located at 211 Floral Boulevard, from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).        

 

2006-O-111               Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 4, Block 1694, Eastern Division, located at 2819 Clark Boulevard, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).   

 

2006-O-112               Amending the City of Laredo’s Land Development Code, Article IV, Section 24.63.2, entitled Permitted Land Uses, and Appendix A, by establishing and defining shooting range (indoor) in specific zoning districts; providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2006-O-113               Authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas Waterworks and Sewer System Revenue Bonds, Series 2006, in the estimated amount of $_________for the purpose of improving and extending the City’s combined Waterworks System and Sewer System, approving an official statement, authorizing the execution of a purchase contract, making provisions for the security thereof; and authorizing amendment to the City’s budget to appropriate such proceeds for purposes authorized herein, and ordaining other matters relating to the subject.

 

2006-O-114               Authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas Combination Tax and Revenue Certificates of Obligation, Series 2006 in the estimated amount of $__________ for paying all or a portion for 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 for road improvements for Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) projects including the West Laredo Corridor Project, Cuatro Vientos Project, US 83 Project and other related road improvements, together with drainage improvements and 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; approving an official statement, authorizing the execution of a purchase contract, making provisions for the security thereof; and authorizing amendment to the City’s Budget to appropriate such proceeds for purposes authorized herein, and ordaining other matters relating to the subject. 

 

2006-O-115               Authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2006, in the estimated amount of $__________ for the purpose of refunding general Obligation Bonds; approving an Official Statement; authorizing the execution of a purchase agreement and an Escrow Agreement; making provisions for the security thereof; and authorizing amendment to the City’s Budget to appropriate such proceeds for the purposes authorized herein; and ordaining other matters relating to the subject.

 

2006-O-116               Amending the Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Annual Operating Budget Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Program approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State of Texas in the sum of $73,230.00.  This will fund a project that will develop a comprehensive hazard Mitigation Action Plan for the City of Laredo.

 

2006-O-117               Authorizing the City Manager to accept the Universal Service Program grant from the Schools & Libraries Division / Universal Services Administrative Company / Federal Communications Commission in the amount of $566,169.55 with the City designating $83,423.85 in matching funds, which includes $69,976.00 (11% matching funds required) and $13,447.85 to cover non-funded needed items for a total of $649,593.40 for multi-year E-Rate discounts and communication and technology infrastructure enhancements and to appropriate said funds in the Friends of the Library Fund, and extending the contract previously awarded to Avnet Enterprise Solutions now doing business as Calence to September 30, 2006.

 

2006-O-118               Authorizing the City Manager to accept an $89,734.00 donation from the BP Newman Investment Co. / Peggy Newman for the purchase of playground amenities and a shade structure to be installed at El Eden / Newman Park and amend the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Capital Improvement Fund by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the form of a donation in the amount of $89,734.00 for said purchase.

 

2006-O-119               Authorizing the City Manager to amend the lease agreement between the City of Laredo and the Laredo Center for the Arts dated November 27, 1996 to provide for additional lease space, suite B and D at El Mercado in the amount of 1,342 sq. ft. for an increase of lease space totaling 15,035.20 sq. ft. Special use days of the 2nd floor mezzanine have also been designated for city use as part of this lease amendment.

 

2006-O-120               Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with the Laredo Housing Authority in the amount of $58,600.00 and amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Annual Budget by the same amount.  The agreement’s purpose is to reimburse costs for overtime incurred by the Laredo Police Department officers in providing resources for the Weed and Seed Community Building Program.  The term of this agreement is from April 4, 2006 through December 31, 2006

 

2006-O-121               Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the State of Texas Division of Emergency Management in the amount of $49,979.00 and amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Annual Budget in the same amount.  This grant will be for bomb detection and deterrence equipment and is offered under the United States Department of Homeland Security Fiscal Year 2005 Buffer Zone Protection Plan Program.  The terms of this grant agreement will be from April 1, 2005January 31, 2007.

 

2006-O-122               Authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Grant, Section 5307, TX-90-X706, in the amount of $3,778,375.00 for Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006; and amend the Transit System’s Operating Budget by increasing the Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 FTA Operating Grant contribution from $2,943,542.00 to $3,778,375.00 and decreasing the Transit sales tax match for operating expenses from $5,590,646.00 to $4,955,813.00 and increasing the CNG fuel expense by $200,000.00 and providing for grant funds to be deposited in the City of Laredo Transit Fund.

 

2006-O-123               Authorizing the City Manager to amend the Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Colonias Construction grant fund to appropriate revenues and expenditures, provided by Webb County, in the amount of $500,000.00 for construction of wastewater lines at Colonia Tanquecitos.

 

2006-O-124               Authorizing the City Manager to execute the U.S. Highway 83 and Southgate Boulevard proposed Sanitary Sewer Reimbursement Agreement with 3 applicants, who are named in the agreement, to provide for possible reimbursement of part of the costs incurred by the applicants, in constructing a 21-inch sanitary sewer line in south Laredo from Southgate Boulevard to the Chacon Creek interceptor.

 

2006-O-125               Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Aero Center, Inc., for approximately 416 square feet constituting Building No. 168 located at 5103 Maher Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for three (3) years commencing on May 1, 2006 and ending on April 30, 2009, and may be extended for two (2) terms of one (1) year each ending on April 30, 2010, and April 30, 2011.  Monthly rent shall be $600.00 and will be adjusted annually during the primary and extension terms of this lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

2006-O-126               Consider a recommendation authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Aero Center, Inc., for approximately 178 square feet constituting Air Operations Area (AOA) Office #5 located at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on May 1, 2006, and ending on April 30, 2007, and may be extended for one (1) year ending on April 30, 2008.  However, this lease may be terminated by either party upon giving a thirty (30) day written notice from the party terminating to the other.  Monthly rent shall be $534.00 and will be adjusted during the primary and extension term of this lease according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

2006-O-127               Authorizing the City Manager to execute a License Agreement with Nextel WIP Lease Corp., a Delaware Corporation d/b/a Nextel Partners for space at the Scott Street Park located at 305 Coke, Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and being more fully described in Exhibit “A” of License Agreement, to construct a telecommunications equipment building and concrete pad for a standby power generator, more fully described in Exhibit “C”, for use in connection with its communications business.  Term of the lease is five (5) years commencing June 6, 2006 and ending June 5, 2011 with four (4) successive renewal terms of five (5) years.  Annual base rent shall be $7,500.00 each year during the terms of the lease and will be increased by five percent (5%) on each anniversary of the commencement date, providing for effective date.

 

X.                 RESOLUTIONS

 

8.          2006-R-059     Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Funding Agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation and to disburse a payment in the amount of $522,000.00 as the City’s contribution to the cost of right of way acquisition and adjustment of compensable utilities for the proposed U.S. 83 grade separation over the Tex-Mex Railroad crossing, located on Chihuahua and Guadalupe Streets, from San Enrique Avenue east to Tilden Avenue.

 

9.          2006-R-061     Dedicating as park and open space the following two (2) tracts of land: 1)  the 7.027 acre tract conveyed to City by Mines Road Development by Special Warranty Deed dated May 9, 2006 and recorded in Volume 2084, pp. 85-90, Official Property Records, Webb County, Texas; and 2) the 5.738 acre tract conveyed to City by Mines Road Development, LTD by Special Warranty Deed dated May 9, 2006, and recorded in Volume 2094, pp. 78-84, Official Property Records, Webb County, Texas.

 

10.      2006-R-062     Authorizing the City Manager to accept a contract in the amount of $306,063.00 from the South Texas Development Council for the HIV/AIDS Ryan White Title II Services Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period of April 1, 2006 through March 31, 2007.

 

11.      2006-R-064     Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division, in the amount of $80,000.00 with the City designating $90,000.00 in matching funds for a total of $170,000.00 for funding a Domestic Violence Grant under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) for the period of September 01, 2006 through August 31, 2007.

 

XI.               MOTIONS

 

12.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of turnstile spare equipment in the amount of $42,800.70 from sole source provider, TransCore LP for the electronic toll collection system (hardware and software) upgrade for the pedestrian traffic at the Bridge of the Americas Modification Project, “El Portal”.  Funding is available in the Laredo Bridge System Fund.

 

13.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of VoIP (Voice over IP telephone) equipment in the amount of $12,040.46 form InterNetwork Experts, through the state Go DIRect contract number DIR-BUSOP-012, for the Bridge of the Americas Modification Project, “El Portal”.  Funding is available in the Laredo Bridge System Fund.

 

14.      Consideration to award contract number FY06-090 to the low bidder, Texas Furniture Solutions Inc., Carrolton, Texas, in the total amount of $53,681.19 for the purchase of furniture for the Bridge System’s administrative offices at the El Portal building.  Funding is available in the Bridge System Fund.

 

15.      Consideration to award contract number FY06-078 to the sole bidder, Glory USA, Carrolton, Texas, in the total amount of $44,135.00 for the purchase of currency counters for the El Portal Project, World Trade Bridge, and Bridge II.  Funding is available in the Bridge System Fund.

 

16.      Consideration to award contract number FY06-077 to the low bidder meeting specifications, Al & Rob Sales, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $59,607.75 for the purchase of uniforms for the Bridge Department personnel.  The contract pricing will be valid until December 31, 2006.  Funding is available in the Bridge Fund.

 

17.      Consideration to assign the construction of the CDBG Sidewalks City-Wide Project No. 32 (District V – 15 Blocks) and Project No. 33 (5 Blocks – District V and 10 Blocks District VII) to in-house forces (City of Laredo Department of Public Works), to be constructed according to plans and specifications designed by Arcadis, Laredo, Texas – Project No. 32 and Puig Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas – Project No. 33.  Funding is available in the Community Development Fund – 31st Action Year – 2005 Grant.

 

18.      Consideration for approval of change order no. 2 an increase of $75,707.00 for modifications on the lane configurations to the construction contract with Rhino Builders, Ltd., Laredo, Texas, for the Laredo International Bridge II Widening Project.  Funding is available in the Revenue Bond 2005.

 

19.      Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Risa Fisher & Associates, Inc., Dallas, Texas, for the Site Selection and Design of a Compost Facility for the City of Laredo Landfill in accordance with the requirements of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.

 

20.      Consideration for approval of change order no. 2 an increase of $4,517.50, acceptance of the Santa Maria Avenue Reconstruction (Industrial Blvd. to Del Mar Blvd.) and approval of final payment in the amount of $52,835.12 to Rhino Builders, Ltd., Laredo, Texas.  Final construction contract amount is $454,212.50.  Funding is available in the Transit Tax and Revenue CO 2004.

 

21.      Approval of expenditures for sixteen (16) students from the Sister Cities Youth Committee and four (4) adult chaperones to travel to Acambaro, Guanajuato; Mexticacan, Jalisco; and San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato as part of the student exchange program and further authorizing the City Manager to contract for a charter bus service to provide transportation into Mexico. Funding is available in the Sister Cities Youth Committee Account.  A similar program was held in Laredo in January 2006 where 5 students from Acambaro, Guanajuato and 4 students from Fortin de las Flores, Veracruz participated in the program with the Sister Cities Youth Committee.

 

22.      Consideration to award a demolition contract to the lowest bidder for the demolition of four (4) substandard structures acquired for the Acquisition and Relocation (Monterrey Ave.) project and the Acquisition and Relocation (Hwy 359) project.  The demolition consists of substandard structures located at the following addresses: 1008 and 1016 Monterrey Ave.; 3016 and 3018 Willow.  Funding is available in 31st AY Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).  (Pending bid opening on June 2, 2006.) 

 

23.      Authorizing the City Manager to terminate its 2003 Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) contract with Azteca Economic Development and Preservation Corp. (Azteca) in the amount of $218,104.00 for the construction of a 6-unit, multi-family, rental housing complex.  Action is necessary due to the contractor’s inability to acquire land within 2 years 6 months of the contract date.

 

24.      Authorizing the City Manager to (1) amend its Home Investment Partnership, Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) contract with Metro Affordable Housing Corp. by extending the contract deadline for the expenditure of 2001 CHDO funds from June 1, 2006 to September 15, 2006; (2) increasing the award of funds to include recaptured 2003 HOME CHDO funds in the amount of $218,104.00; (3) extending its 2003 CHDO funds to November 1, 2007; and (4) restricting all CHDO funds to benefit up to twenty (20) units only to be constructed as part of the Cardinal Point Project.

 

25.      Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract with Martinez Pharmacy in the amount not to exceed $55,000.00, to provide pharmaceutical services to clients of the HIV/AIDS Programs of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning April 1, 2006, through March 31, 2007.  Funding is available in the State Grants HIV/Ryan White and the HIV/Health and Social Services accounts.

 

26.      Consideration to exercise the renewal option for one (1) additional year for contract FY05-098, to Corpus Christi Harley-Davidson, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $25,000.00 for repair parts and service for the Police Department’s motorcycle fleet.  The term of this contract is for a one (1) year period with an option to extend this contract for two (2) additional, one (1) year terms.  This is the first contract extension.  The contract pricing will remain the same as last year.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Budget.

 

27.      Consideration to authorize the purchase and installation of an ADA accessible playground module, shade structure, 6 (six) park benches and safety surfacing at El Eden/Newman Park from Miracle/Park Place Recreation Designs, LTD., through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (Buy Board) contract pricing in the total amount of $89,733.34.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvements Fund.

 

28.      Consideration to award a contract to Dynamic Technologies DBA Ocean Systems, Burtonsville, MD in the estimated amount of $46,415.00 for the purchase of a video and audio forensic analysis system for the Police Department.  Funding is available in the Police Department Budget- Justice Assistance Grant.

 

29.      Consideration to award a contract to Southwest Surveillance System in the estimated amount of $37,863.00 for the purchase of specialized surveillance equipment for the Police Department.  Funding is available in the Police Department Budget – Trust Fund.

 

30.      Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a 3 (three) year agreement with City Press, an advertising sales service and municipal publishing company to publish the Official Employee Directory for the City of Laredo.

 

31.      Consideration to award contract number FY06-076 to the low bidders, Rob K Concrete Products, Erick’s Lumber Inc., and United Rentals, in the estimated amount of $88,500.00, for the purchase or assorted rebar, wire mesh, keyways and stakes.  These materials will be purchased on an as needed basis by the Utilities, Public Works, Parks and Recreation Departments for construction and repair projects.  Funding is available in the respective departmental budgets.

 

32.      Consideration  to authorize the purchase of two (2) dump trucks for the Public Works Department, through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) cooperative contract pricing in the total amount of $178,234.00.  Funding is available in the 2005 Contractual Obligation Bond proceeds.

 

33.      Consideration to exercise the renewal option for one (1) additional year for contract FY04-060, awarded to UTW Tire Collection Services, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $43,500.00, for the removal and disposal of tires at the City landfill.  This will be the second extension with the contract pricing remaining the same as the original contract term.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Budget.

 

34.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of four thousand, seven hundred and thirty four (4,734) garbage/refuse carts from Toter Inc., Statesville, NC through the State of Texas Cooperative Purchasing Contract Number 450-A2 in the total amount of $210,378.96.  Funding for these carts is available in the 2004 Solid Waste Contractual Obligation Fund.

 

35.      Consideration to award contract number FY06-081 to United Rentals, Laredo, Texas, as the primary vendor, and Briggs Equipment, Laredo, Texas, as the secondary vendor, for an equipment rental contract for backhoe/loaders.  A daily rental rate has been established so that backhoe/loaders may be utilized on an as needed basis by the Utilities Department for construction and repair projects.  Funding is available in the Waterworks and Sewer Funds. 

 

36.      Consideration to award contract number FY06-082 to the low bidder VACMASTERS, Division of Barone, Inc., Arvada, CO, in the amount of $25,049.00 for the purchase of a mud vacuum system with trailer.  Funding is available in the Sewer Construction Fund.

 

37.      Consideration to award annual service contract number FY06-083 to the sole bidder, MO-VAC Environmental , Inc., McAllen, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $180,000.00, for furnishing vacuum truck services to transport domestic sewage, sewage sludge, and /or sludge for the Utilities Department.  This service supplements the department’s equipment capabilities and helps control sewage overflows during emergencies. The frequency and number of hours vary depending on the City’s need.  The bid price is based on a flat hourly rate of $89.00 and a truck washout charge of $100.00.  Funding is available in the Utilities – Wastewater Collection and Water Transmission and Distribution Divisions.

 

38.      Authorization to select and negotiate a contract with an engineering firm as announced at the City Council meeting to design the 1 million gallon per day UNITEC Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion.  Funding is available in the 2005 Sewer Bond Issuance.

 

39.      Authorization to select and negotiate a contract with an engineering firm as announced at the City Council meeting to design the 9 million gallon per day South Laredo Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion.  Funding is available in the 2005 Sewer Bond.

 

40.      Consideration for approval to reject the sole bid submitted by LEM Construction Company, Inc., Houston, Texas, for the Relocation of the McPherson Lift Station, due to bid amount being in excess of allocated budget, and to authorize staff to revise the scope of work and re-bid the project.

 

41.      Approving Amendment No. 5 to a contract with Foster Engineering, Co., Laredo, Texas, by $82,150.00 to conduct additional surveying services required to reflect current ownership and boundaries of lots in the plat of Old Milwaukee. The amendment brings the total contract amount to $513,348.00 and is subject to the approval of the Texas Water Development Board.  Funding is available in the Colonias Project Fund. 

 

42.      Consideration for approval of change order no. 1 an increase of $8,300.00 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the U.S. 59 Utility Relocation Project and approval of final payment in the amount of $41,962.15 to Price Construction, Ltd., Big Springs, Texas.  Final contract amount is $681,543.00.  Funding is available in the TXDOT Improvements Project Water and Sewer System Bonds.

 

43.      Authorizing the City Manager to extend the existence of the Impact Fee Ad Hoc Advisory Committee from August 7, 2003 to December 31, 2008, for the implementation of the Impact Fees to fund the water and wastewater capital improvements to sustain future growth.

 

XII.             STAFF REPORTS

 

44.       

A.                 Status report on the opening of Mayor Tatangelo Walkway for vehicular traffic, with possible action.

 

XIII.           GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

45.       

A.                 Request by Council Member Alfredo Agredano

1.           Discussion with possible action to instruct staff to purchase land for a Veteran's Cemetery.

2.           Discussion with possible action to instruct staff to look for land for a Veteran's Housing Project.

 

 

B.                 Request by Council Member John C. Galo

1.           Discussion with possible action on a resolution requesting the President of the United States and Congress to provide funds to hire 150 new police officers for the City of Laredo and equipment to provide aerial support  to improve law enforcement in the community.

2.           Discussion with possible action regarding placing on the November 2006 General Election ballot the possible use of excess revenue from the presently approved 1/4 cent sales and use tax for the construction of a water park to be built in the vicinity of the Laredo Entertainment Center.

3.           Discussion on setting a policy that only those meeting the director position qualifications should be appointed to serve as acting or interim directors.  In the event that this requirement cannot be fulfilled, the corresponding Deputy or Assistant City Manager should assume the director responsibility until it is permanently filled.

 

C.                Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

1.           Discussion with possible action to instruct the City Manager to initiate a Memorandum of Understanding with Holdings Institute to provide GED classes to City Employees.

 

D.                Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding the payment of water bills by the elderly and those on Social Security fixed income to allow them to register for payment on a different payment date or adjust the present payment date. 

 

E.                 Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

1.           Status report on pending traffic lights in District VI, with possible action. 

2.           Discussion with possible action regarding street recycling in District VI.

3.           Discussion on establishing the frame work, the funding mechanisms and time line on the development and building one-stop shop, with possible action. (Laredo development center)

4.           Discussion with possible action on implementing a property tax freeze and/or a homestead exemption for homeowners over 65 years old and/or disabled.

 

F.                 Request by Council Member Juan Chavez

1.           Discussion with possible action on receiving a detail report of the cost incurred versus the benefits received from the construction of the proposed Municipal Golf Course.  Items to include but not limited to:

a.      The start up cost from development to opening day

b.      Year two to five projected net

c.      Cost of infrastructure and utilities needed for the
     operation

d.      Operation costs

e.      Maintenance costs

f.        Future water costs

g.      Benefits to the community as a whole

 

G.                Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Juan Ramirez

1.           Authorizing the use of District VIII funds in an estimated amount of $10,438.00 for street light improvements at different locations throughout District VIII.

2.           Discussion with possible action regarding the creation of two-way streets in the downtown area.

3.           Discussion with possible action regarding the use of the Civic Center Ballroom for the 4th of July celebration and acquiring a permit for the 4th of July parade.

4.           Discussion with possible action regarding the installation / creation of sidewalks on the east side of the 2400 block of Davis Avenue and on the west side of the 300 block of Vidaurri Avenue using District VII discretionary funds.

 

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.

 

46.      Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071 (1) (B) to consult with Tax Attorney representing the City of Laredo and consider a settlement offer regarding pending litigation: Cause No. 2005CVQ001381-D3 City of Laredo vs Century Export, Inc., in the 341st Judicial District of Webb County, Texas, and return to open session for possible action.

 

47.      Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071 (1) (B) to consult with Tax Attorney representing the City of Laredo and consider a settlement offer regarding pending litigation: Cause No. 2001CVQ00872-D1 City of Laredo vs Jose Martinez, D/B/A Bender Hotel in the 49th Judicial District of Webb County, Texas, and return to open session for public action.

XV.           RECESS AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD.

                       

48.      Consideration to award contract FY06-066 to the lowest responsible bidder in the amount of $99,170.00 to Luminator Holding, LP, Plano, TX, for the purchase of electronic destination signs for ten (10) buses.  Funding is available in FTA grants TX-90-X438 and TX-90-X499 in the Transit System Fund.

 

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, May 31, 2006 at 6:45 p.m.

                                                                       

 

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

               City Secretary