CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2006-R-12

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

June 19, 2006

5:30 P.M.

 

DISABILITY ACCESS STATEMENT

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I.                    CALL TO ORDER

 

II.                  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

III.                ROLL CALL

 

IV.               COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

a.      Recognition of District IV Scholarship Committee Co-Chair, George Beckelhymer, and 2006 District IV recipients: Samantha Jane Jimenez, Marisela Leyva, Monica Ramirez, Jacqueline Hernandez, Sandra Hernandez, Chelsea Lorraine Perez, Celina Medina, of Nixon High School; Angeles Flores, Monica Raquel Ramirez, Clarissa Kristine Aguilar, Vicente Castañeda, Miguel Angel Cuenca, Erica Escamilla of Martin High School; Samantha Yvonne Amaya of United High School; Arturo Jimenez, Jr., and Chris Lozano, Jr. of United South High School; and Jesus A. Reyes of Texas A&M International University.

b.      Recognition by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores and City Council Members of City Departments for their contribution and participation to the 2006 United Way Campaign and a special recognition to the City of Laredo employees as the highest employee group contributor for donations over $100,000.00 and the R.E.A.C.H. Committee as the receipt of the Community Leader Award.

c.      Recognition of Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores by the Laredo Fire Department.

d.      Members of the Laredo City Council recognize Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores for her years of service to the community.

e.      Response and farewell by Mayor Elizabeth G. Flores.

 

Communiqués

 

V.                 APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

a.      Appointments by Council Member Johnny Amaya of:

 

1.      Alfredo Juarez to the Telecommunications Advisory Committee.

2.      Blanca Castro to the Laredo Commission for Women.

 

b.      Appointments by Council Member Juan Chavez of:

1.      Elizabeth Kurczyn to the Laredo Commission for Women.

2.      Dr. Tom Vaughn to the Citizens Environmental Advisory Committee.

 

VI.               PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 1, Cuatro Vientos Subdivision, located at 4467 Exodus Drive, from R-1MH (Single Family Manufactured Housing District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial 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 53.34 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at 2325 Bob Bullock Loop, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District), R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area 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.

 

3.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning .37 acres, part of Block 1, Del Mar Village Subdivision, as further described be metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at 6919 San Dario Avenue, from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.

 

4.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 3, Block 2026, Eastern Division, located at 3219 Ross Street, from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial 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 Lot 7A, Block 748, Western Division, located at 2409 Alamo Street, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.

 

6.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning the Replat of Lot 1A, Block 1, Tesoro Plaza Subdivision, located on Tesoro Plaza Drive north of Calton Road, from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.

 

7.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 17, Lakeside Subdivision Phase I, located at 7223 Bob Bullock Loop, from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial 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 the west 2/3 of Lot 7, Block 1103, Eastern Division, located approximately at 1906 East Lyon Street, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to R-O (Retail/Office District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.

 

9.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 30.14 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located east of Ejido Avenue north of Exodus Drive, from R-1MH (Single Family Manufactured Housing District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.

 

10.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 13.82 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located west of Ejido Avenue north of Exodus Drive, from R-1MH (Single Family Manufactured Housing District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.

11.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 8.12 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located on the northwest corner of Exodus Drive and Pita Mangana Road, from R-1MH (Single Family Manufactured Housing District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.

 

12.      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.

 

13.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance accepting funds in the amount of $4,400.00 from the South Texas 9-1-1 Regional Administration Division to cost share personnel at the Laredo Police Department Public Safety Answering Point in accordance to Section 771.0751 of the Texas Health and Safety Code and Rule 251.3 Use of Revenue in Certain Counties from the Commission on State Emergency Communications; and amending the Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 General Fund Budget of the City of Laredo by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $4,400.00 for salary expenses for Laredo Police Department Communications Division salaries.

 

14.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Customer Service Budget to appropriate revenues and expenditures in the amount of $4,825.00 provided by the sale of tables and individual seats during the 2006 City of Laredo Commission for Women Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony; providing for an effective date.

 

15.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept contributions of $30,000.00 from the Laredo International Airport, $15,000.00 from Wells Fargo, $4,000.00 from Coyote Creek, $3,000.00 from HEB, and $500.00 from South Texas Realty for a total of $52,500.00 in contributions for the Miss Texas USA Pageant; and amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2006 Convention & Visitors Bureau Annual Budget by appropriating an additional $2,500.00 in revenues and expenditures to the Convention and Visitors Bureau Fund.  (Action required on Motion # 37 prior to Public Hearing and Introductory Ordinance).

 

16.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Annual Budget by increasing revenues and expenditures by $30,000.00 of additional funds, for a total amount of $64,678.00 from the Texas Department of State Health Services for the Title V Family Planning Services of the City of Laredo Health Department for the term from January 1, 2006 through August 31, 2006.

 

17.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances as follows: Chapter 2, Article II, Division 3 (Leave Policy), Section 2-58, 59 and 60, providing for the exclusion of part-time and temporary employees hired after July 2, 2006 from Holiday, Sick Leave, and Annual Leave benefits except as otherwise stated in any collective bargaining agreement; providing for an effective date of July 2, 2006.

 

18.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance approving an agreement with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) in the amount of $18,000.00 and amending the Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 City of Laredo Annual Budget by $18,000.00.  The agreement’s purpose is to reimburse cost for overtime and fringe benefits incurred by the Laredo Police Department in providing resources to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) task force.  The term of this agreement is from October 1, 2005 through September 30, 2006.

 

19.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept a supplemental overtime award from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the amount of $5,144.00 and amend the Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 City of Laredo Annual Budget by $5,144.00.  The purpose is to reimburse cost for overtime incurred by the Laredo Police Department in providing resources of Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF).  The term of this agreement is from October 1, 2005 through September 30, 2006

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

VII.             INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

20.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Easement and Underground Service Agreement Document, WR# 13147452, with American Electric Power (AEP) consisting of approximately 2.070 acres out of Lots 1, 2, and 3, Block 2, Laredo International Airport Passenger Terminal Subdivision, recorded in Volume 16, Pages 45-47, for the installation of electrical facilities at Laredo Town Square Project on Bob Bullock Loop at the Laredo International Airport; providing for an effective date.

 

21.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey three (3) City owned lots, namely, lots 6, 7 and 8 in Block 494, Eastern Division, in the City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas to Habitat for Humanity, Inc., in support of the construction of three (3) homes; and providing for effective date.

 

VIII.           FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

22.       

2006-O-128               Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey fee simple title to the Metro Affordable Housing Corporation, the “Surface Only”, of certain property described as a 15,433.46 sq. ft. tract of land, more or less, out of New York Avenue, bounded on the north by the south line Chacon Street, on the east by the west line block 1782 Eastern Division, on the south by the north line Piedra China Street, on the west by the east line of block 1713 situated Eastern Division, as per the City of Laredo Plat Book, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas and described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits A and B; and amending this Final Reading to provide that the City of Laredo retains a 15’ wide sewer easement as described on attached Exhibits C and D and providing for an effective date.  (As Amended)

 

2006-O-129               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.

 

2006-O-130               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.

 

2006-O-131               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. 

 

2006-O-133               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.

 

2006-O-134               Amending the City of Laredo FY 2005-2006 annual budget by appropriating revenues from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio-South Texas Health Research Center (UTHSCSA-STHRC) and expenditures in the amount of $243,173.00 for the Proyecto Bienestar-Laredo (PBL) of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning May 1, 2006 through April 30, 2007 and amending the FY 2005-2006 Full-Time Equivalent Positions by .50.  (As Amended).

 

IX.               RESOLUTIONS

 

23.      2006-R-065     Accepting the donation of a Utility Easement from Moises Gonzalez and Elvira Gonzalez for the installation of an underground box culvert to improve storm drainage on Gale Street in the Upper Zacate Creek area.  Said easement consisting of a 310.79 square foot tract of land for a corner clip out of Block 11 of the McPherson Acres Development, Unit IV, as recorded in Volume 3, Page 26-A of the Plat Records of Webb County, Texas; and described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits A and B.

 

24.      2006-R-066     Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract in the amount of $70,000.00 from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to continue the operation of the two (2) continuous air monitoring stations (CAMS) by the City of Laredo Health Department for the term period beginning September 1, 2006 through August 31, 2007.

 

25.      2006-R-067     A resolution by the City Council of the City of Laredo urging the President of the United States, the United States Congress and the Federal Government to appropriate federal funds each year to fund an additional one hundred and fifty (150) Laredo Police Officers and the equipment to provide aerial support and technological support for use by the Laredo Police Department in order for them to more effectively protect this community on the border, preserve life and safety, and enforce the law.

 

26.      2006-R-068     Accepting the donation from Killam Ranch Properties, Ltd., of an approximate 18.0957 acre tract of land, as described by metes and bounds in Exhibit A, located along Chacon Creek that is to be remediated and developed as a park in accordance with the Chacon Creek Master Plan.

 

27.      2006-R-070     Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the Department of Homeland Security, SAFER Grants Program in the amount of $1,035,000.00 with the City designating $1,381,869.00 in matching funds for a total of $2,416,869.00 over a five (5) year period to hire ten (10) firefighters for the grant period of 2006.  The City would be required to fund 10 % in the first year, 20% in the second year, 50% in the third year, 70% in the fourth year and 100% in the fifth year.

 

X.                 MOTIONS

 

28.      Consideration for approval of acceptance of the Santa Rita Park Phase I, Project 4, and approval of final payment in the amount of $13,150.00 to Zertuche Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $263,000.00.  Funding is available in the Community Development Fund.

 

29.      Consideration for approval of acceptance of the Laredo International Airport Engineered Materials Arresting System (EMAS) Runway 17R (35L End Safety Area) and approval of final payment in the amount of $268,098.58 to Engineered Arresting Systems Corporation (ESCO), Philadelphia, PA.  Final construction contract amount is $4,390,000.00.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund.

 

30.      Authorizing the City of Laredo’s participation in the Laredo Family Economic Success Coalition, a local organization of non-profit, governmental, and financial agency members developed to promote and support efforts and strategies geared to helping low income individuals and families achieve financial economic success and independence and further authorizing the City Manager to execute a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Laredo Family Economic Success Coalition, that identifies the City’s role in helping meet the Coalition’s goals. The terms of this MOU shall be effective for each party on the date of its execution by the party, and shall continue until terminated by all parties.

 

31.      Authorizing the City Manager to grant a public fireworks display permit at the Laredo Country Club on July 4, 2006 Independence Day at 9:15 p.m.  The technician for the display will be Atlas Enterprises Incorporated.

 

32.      Authorizing the City Manager to grant a public fireworks display permit at the Veterans Field on June 30th, July 4th, July 7th, July 14th, July 28th, August 4th, and August 18th, 2006 for the Laredo Bronco’s Baseball Celebration.  The technician for the display will be Atlas Enterprises Incorporated.

 

33.      Motion to authorize the City Manager to initiate a local initiative to amend Section 852.108 of the TMRS Act to allow retirees to return to work with a reemploying municipality without the penalty of having their monthly benefits suspended.

 

34.      Motion to select the following ancillary providers for employees voluntary benefits: Group Life Insurance to be provided by Unum Provident and represented by Laurel and Associates; Group Short Term Disability to be provided by Unum Provident and represented by Laurel and Associates; Group Vision Care to be provided by Spectera and represented by Laurel and Associates; Group Cancer to be provided by Colonial Life and represented by Laurel and Associates; Group Critical Illness to be provided by Colonial Life and represented by Laurel and Associates; and Group Accident Disability to be provided by Colonial Life and represented by Laurel and Associates.  These benefit changes will be effective October 1, 2006.

 

35.      Awarding a professional services contract (Number FY06-076) to sole bidder, Deer Oaks EAP Services, LLC, to administer the City’s Employee Assistance Program in conjunction with the Employee Health Division; and to authorize the City Manager to execute all contract documents.  The contract will be for a term of three (3) years with a two (2) year renewal option exercisable by the City, with said terms being contingent upon future funding approved by City Council, at a guaranteed rate of $1.65 per eligible employee per month for the first three (3) years and a different rate to be negotiated in the event the City decides to renew the contract.  The contract price will not exceed an annual cost of approximately $50,000.00, with funding available in the health benefits budget of the Employee Health Division.

 

36.      Authorizing the City Manager to submit payment to the Transportation Security Administration on behalf of the Laredo International Airport in the amount of $15,000.00.  Funding is available in the  Airport Administration Budget.

 

37.      Authorizing the City Manager to allocate $30,000.00 from the USDOT Small Communities Development Pilot Program Grant as a gold sponsorship contribution to the Laredo Convention & Visitors Bureau for the Miss Texas USA Pageant.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund / Small Community Air Service Development Pilot Program Grant – City Promotions Account.

 

38.      Consideration to approve amendments No. 6 & 7 to Carter & Burgess, Inc., for an amount not to exceed $30,000.00 for the professional services to include the design of Chacon Creek Stream Restoration Project, Phase -2 EPA grant & the Phase-2 environmental assessment of Killam Lake for the EPA Brownfields Grant Project and to extend the contract period until December 31, 2007.  The total contract amount will be $778,032.00 with these amendments.  Funding is available in the Environmental Service Fund.

 

39.      Awarding a contract, not to exceed $500,000.00, to Carter & Burgess (in association with Frank Architects, Sherfey Engineering); and authorizing the City Manager to execute said professional services contract.  Contract will provide for consulting services for development of the Rio Grande River Vega Master Plan.  Funding is available in the 2005 CO.

 

40.      Consideration to award three (3) month supply contracts FY06-092 to the low bidders Hollon Oil Company, Weslaco, Texas, not to exceed $50,007.32; Arguindegui Oil Co., Laredo, Texas, not to exceed $5,506.92; Lone Star Lubricants, Laredo, Texas, not to exceed $6,353.00; and Oil Patch Petroleum Co., Laredo, Texas, not to exceed $370.90 for the purchase of lubricants for the Fleet Maintenance Division.  The bid pricing will be firm for a three-month period and all items will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Fund.

 

41.      Consideration to authorize Change Order No. 1 to Southwestern Bell Company, an increase in the amount of $15,000.00 and Sprint in the amount of $5,000.00, for providing network, equipment rental, equipment maintenance services for the Four (4) County Regional 9-1-1 System.  The revised total amount is $20,000.00.  Funding is available in the 9-1-1 Regional Fund.  The City of Laredo is the 9-1-1 Regional Administrator for the four (4) county region of Webb, Zapata, Starr and Jim Hogg Counties

 

42.      Consideration to exercise the renewal option for one (1) additional year for contract FY05-074 to the low bidders, Laredo Wholesale, Laredo, Texas, in the base amount of $58,110.50; Vehicle Maintenance Program, Inc., Boca Raton, Florida in the base amount of $37,716.90, and A & A Automotive Supplies, San Antonio, Texas, in the base amount of $15,442.90, for the purchase of general repair parts.  These replacement parts will be purchased on an as needed basis for all City fleet vehicles.  The contract items include: oil/fuel filters, front end parts, hoses, clamps, belts, lamps/bulbs, service lubricants, and brakes.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Budget.

 

43.      Consideration to award contract FY06-071 to the low bidder Mo-Vac Environmental Inc., McAllen, Texas, not to exceed $25,000.00 to analyze, profile, transport, and dispose of contaminated water at the Solid Waste wash rack.  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.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Department Budget.

 

44.      Consideration to award contract number FY06-097 to the low bidder, Future Pipe Industries, Houston, Texas, in the estimated amount of $35,326.00 for the purchase of 680 linear ft. of glass fiber reinforced polymer pipe for the FM 1472 Mines Road project.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department Fund.

 

45.      Consideration to award annual service contract number FY06-091 to the sole bidder, Freedom Construction, Laredo, Texas in an amount not to exceed $25,000.00 for furnishing cleaning services for domestic sewage back-ups into private properties.  The frequency and number of service calls will vary depending on the City’s need.  Funding for this service is available in the Utilities Department – Wastewater Collection Division.

 

46.      Consideration to award contract number FY06-086 to the sole bidder, Grant Environmental Group, Laredo, Texas in the amount of $168,580.00 for repairs to the Zacate Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant’s bio clarifiers.  Funds for this project are available in the Utilities Department Budget – sewer plant improvements.

 

47.      Consideration to award contract FY06-089 to the low bidder, Zertuche Construction LLC, Laredo, Texas in the total amount of $129,500.00 for the construction of a block fence at the North Laredo Waste Water Treatment Plant.  Funds for this construction project are available in the Utilities Department – sewer system construction projects.  

 

48.      Consideration to award annual service contract number FY06-099 for providing hauling and disposal services of wastewater bio-solids from the Southside Wastewater Treatment Plant.  This service supplements the department’s equipment capabilities and helps control wastewater bio-solids overflow during rainy season.  The frequency and number of loads vary depending on the City’s need.  The bid price is based on a per load rate.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department – Wastewater Division budget.  The bid opening will be held on June 16, 2006 at 4:00 P.M and the contract vendor will be announced at the City Council meeting.

 

49.      Consideration to award contract number FY06-085 to the sole bidder, Grant Environmental Group, Laredo, Texas, in the total amount of $98,628.00, for rehabilitation of the Laredo – Colombia Wastewater Treatment Plant’s main lift station.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department – Sewer Operations Construction Fund.

 

50.      Consideration to exercise the renewal option for one (1) additional year for contract number FY05-081, awarded to the low bidder, Hughes Supply, Helotes, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $112,809.21, for the purchase of water meters for the Utilities Department. The bid pricing will be fixed for a one (1) year period and will allow the department to purchase meters on an as needed basis.  Funds for the purchase of these meters are available in the Utilities Department operations budget.

 

51.      Authorizing the City Manager to ratify Change Order No. 1 in the amount of $85,324.00 to Balch Machine Company for the pump repair project at the Jefferson Water Treatment Plant Raw Water Pumphouse #2 to pay for additional work identified as necessary improvements and modifications that could not be examined due to the equipments operation.  Funding is available in the 2004 Water Revenue Bond.

 

52.      Authorizing the City Manager to award an engineering contract to NRS Engineering from Harlingen, Texas, in the amount of $44,000.00 to provide design, bidding, and construction management services to improve the SCADA communications system of the water distribution system.  Funding is available in the Water Operations Construction Fund.

 

53.      Approving monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amounts to be adjusted for the month of May 2006 represent an increase of $67,323.47.  These adjustments are determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

54.      Refund of property tax in the amount of $1,307.38 to the following taxpayers and companies:

 

1.      A refund in the amount of $703.38 payable to Laredo National Bank due to an erroneous payment.  Account # 938-11001-150.

2.      A refund in the amount of $604.00 payable to Wells Fargo Real Estate Tax Service due to an erroneous payment.  Account # 985-60003-040.

 

XI.               STAFF REPORTS

 

55.       

A.          Presentation by Ms. Olga Maldonado, AEP, regarding the future capital needs and CIP Program for the next 10 years.

B.          Discussion with possible action on the need to construct three (3) additional temporary northbound lanes with toll booths in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility area of the World Trade Bridge in order to process increased northbound commercial traffic.

 

XII.             GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

56.       

A.                 Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Juan Ramirez

1.           Discussion with possible action on creating a loading zone on Salinas Street between Hidalgo and Lincoln Streets.

 

2.           Discussion with possible action to consider the City’s sponsorship of the 4th of July celebration to include the use of the Civic Center Ball Room and obtaining the permit for the 4th of July parade.

 

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, June 14, 2006 at 7:15 p.m.

                                                                       

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary