CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2006-R-15

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

August 14, 2006

5:40 P.M.

 

DISABILITY ACCESS STATEMENT

Persons with disabilities who plan to attend this meeting and who may need auxiliary aid or services are requested to contact Gustavo Guevara, City Secretary at (956) 791-7308 at least two working days prior to the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made.  The accessible entrance and accessible parking spaces are located at City Hall, 1100 Victoria Ave.

 

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I.                    CALL TO ORDER

 

II.                  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

III.                ROLL CALL

 

IV.               MINUTES

 

 Approval of the minutes of May 1, 2006 and June 20, 2006.

 

V.                 COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

a.      Acknowledging the Laredo Heat Soccer Club on their outstanding 2006 season for garnering the PDL Southern Conference Championship Title holder and the Mid-South Division Championship. 

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

 

a.      Recognition of Loryn Elysha Muñoz for garnering the title of Miss Texas Junior Pre-teen at the National American Miss Pageant this past June.

 

b.      Recognition of Mario Gutierrez, of the Community Development Department, on his selection as July 2006 Employee of the Month.

 

c.      Presentation by City of Laredo Youth Committee on the Sister Cities International Youth Summit held in Washington, D. C.

 

Communiqués

 

VI.               APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

a.      Appointments by Mayor Raul G. Salinas of:

1.          Mayor Pro Tempore Juan Ramirez as liaison to the Border Trade Alliance representing the City of Laredo.

2.          Mayor Pro Tempore Juan Ramirez as the Mayor’s liaison to the Sister Cities Working Group.

3.          Naming the appointees to the Blue Ribbon Committee for the River Vega Master Plan.

 

b.      Appointment by Council Member Hector Garcia of:

1.          Carlos Garcia to the Board of Adjustment.

2.          Mario Rosales to the Citizens Environmental Advisory Committee.

 

c.      Appointment by Council Member Johnny Rendon of Javier Compean to the Plaza Theater Renovation Committee.

 

d.      Appointment by Council Member Gene Belmares of Dan Ryan to the Board of Adjustments instead of the Third Party Funding Committee.

 

e.      Appointment by Mayor Pro Tempore Juan Ramirez of:

 

1.          Gregorio Lopez, Jr. to the Historic/District Landmark Board

2.          Alejandra Arreguin to Board of Adjustments

 

 

VII.             PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.                  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2005-2006 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $145,540.00 in funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services for the Office of Border Health-Lab of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning July 1, 2006 through December 31, 2006.

 

2.                  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2005-2006 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $70,000.00 in funds from the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to continue the operation of two (2) continuous air monitoring stations (CAMS) by the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2006 through August 31, 2007.

 

3.                  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2005-2006 annual budget by appropriating revenues in the amount of $390,256.00 in funds from the Texas Department of Health Services, which includes $42,300.00 from estimated program income for the Maternal and Child Health (MCH-Title V) Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period of September 1, 2006 through August 31, 2007.

 

4.                  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2005-2006 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $157,886.00 in funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services which includes $23,544.00 from an estimated program income for the La Familia Health Care Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period of September 1, 2006 through August 31, 2007.

 

5.                  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2005-2006 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $61,068.00 in funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services for the Title V Family Planning Services of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period of September 1, 2006 through August 31, 2007.

 

6.                  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2005-2006 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $188,539.00 in funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS), which includes $59,888.00 from estimated program income for the Immunization Action Plan (IAP) Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period of September 1, 2006 through August 31, 2007.

 

7.                  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2005-2006 annual budget by decreasing the grant award amount by $7,291.00 from the Texas Department of State Health Services for the Prevention Services for HIV-Infected Persons Project (PSHIP) of the City of Laredo Health Department for a total amount of $104,989.00, for the contract period from January 1, 2006, through December 31, 2006.  The decrease in funds is due to a reduction in federal funding from the Centers for Disease Control to TDSHS. 

 

8.                  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept a $4,000.00 grant from the Laredo Rotary Club and amend the City of Laredo FY 2005-2006 General Fund annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $4,000.00 in the form of a donation for the purpose of providing additional improvements for the Santa Rita Park.

 

9.                  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept a $5,000.00 donation from AT&T and amend the City of Laredo FY 2005-2006 General Fund annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $5,000.00 in the form of a donation for the sponsorship of the Avery Johnson Summer Camp.

 

10.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement between the City of Laredo and Laura Salcedo DBA Hot Dog Express for the use of retail space Suite B of the Mercado Square located at 1000 Hidalgo Street.  The lease term is for two (2) years at a rental rate of seven hundred and eighty two ($782.00) dollars per month for the first year, increasing the second year based on the change in the 2006 Consumer Price Index and providing for September 1, 2006 effective date. 

 

11.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a (5) five year lease agreement between the City of Laredo and the Laredo Amateur Boxing Club, Inc. for the use of the Orlando Canizales Boxing Gym located at 1610 Guadalupe Street for an annual rental fee of one dollar ($1.00) plus 50% share of utility charges and providing for an effective date.

 

12.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2005-2006 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) positions reclassifying nine (9) Firefighter positions to the position of three (3) captains, three (3) drivers and three (3) assistant driver positions to activate engine company #14 for Fire Station #14 located at 309 Cielito Lindo Boulevard.  Funding for these positions is available in the Fire Department operating budget in the amount of $10,509.72.

 

13.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement between Texas Engineering Extension Service/Emergency Services Training Institute (TEEX) and the City of Laredo Fire Department to define the responsibilities for both parties for the education instructional activities to be offered to Firefighters, non Firefighter trainees and out of country first responders at the Laredo International Fire/Law Enforcement Training Center.  The period of performance under this agreement is specified as September 1, 2006 through August 31, 2007, unless sooner terminated in accordance with the terms in the agreement. 

 

14.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinance by deleting references to hazardous materials (Haz-Mat) fees in Chapter 33 Environmental protection, Section 33-169, “city charges” and inserting Chapter 12:  Fire Prevention and Protection, Article III “reserved”; first hour no charges for emergency responses except for replacement costs of level A and B Safety Gear; charging replacement and reimbursement costs for use of units, personnel and equipment for emergency haz-mat responses; charging replacement and reimbursement costs for first hour and beyond for all non-emergency responses including use of units personnel and equipment providing for an administrative fee on one hundred dollars ($100.00) per invoice formulated; reducing the late fee from two hundred dollars ($200.00) to fifty dollars ($50.00) per invoice formulated; applicable to balances remaining after thirty days from date of invoice; and authorizing charge of ten percent (10%) per annum on balances remaining after sixty days from the date of invoice; repeal laws in conflict; providing for severability, publication and an effective date.

 

15.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the fiscal year 2005-2006 fiscal year budget for the Water Fund by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $1,066,000.00 provided by projected increases in the Meter Water Sales and Utility Late Fees.  Funds will be used to cover Water Plant electricity costs, the purchase of meter reading hardware/software equipment, and an operational transfer to General Fund for the purchase of H.T.E. system software licenses.

 

16.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo 2005-2006 fiscal year budget for General Fund by transferring of $216,000.00 from the Waterworks Fund and appropriating $216,000.00 for the purchase of H.T.E. system software licenses for the Work Orders/Facility Management Module and the NaviLine Browser User Interface in the Information Technical Support Mainframe division.

 

17.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute the Santa Rita 18 inch sanitary sewer reimbursement agreement with 5 applicants who are named in the agreement to provide for possible reimbursement of part of the costs incurred by the applicants in constructing an 18 and 15 inch sanitary sewer line in South Laredo from the East right of way of Highway 83 across from the Laredo Community College South Campus to approximately 1500 feet east inside the Link Ranch. 

 

18.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the Housing Rehabilitation Program’s budget for FY 2005 – 2006 by appropriating additional estimated Revolving Loan payments in the amount of $36,549.00.  The Revolving Loan funds will be used for housing rehabilitation loans and grants, which will assist low-income homeowners rehabilitate their home. 

 

19.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the Home Investment Partnership Program’s budget for FY 2005-2006 by appropriating additional estimated program income in the amount of $100,000.00.  Program income funds will be used for down payment assistance which will assist first time, low income home buyers.

 

20.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the FY 2005-2006 Airport Operating fund by transferring in $316,373.00 from the Airport Construction fund to cover additional operating expenses.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund/Land Proceeds Reserve Account, and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment and providing for an effective date.

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

VIII.           INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

21.             Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Rental Car Agency Concession and Lease Agreement with Enterprise Rent-A-Car Company of Texas dba Enterprise Rent A Car, for the approximate 165 square feet of office and counter space located in car rental space #1 and 19 parking spaces located at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for five (5) years commencing on August 1, 2006 and ending on July 31, 2011.  Minimum Annual Guarantee (MAG) shall be $91,000.20 or ten percent (10%) of gross sales, whichever is greater; providing for an effective date.

 

22.             Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Rental Car Agency Concession and Lease Agreement with Coastal Bend Rent A Car, Inc. (Avis Rent A Car) and South Texas Auto Rental Services, LLC (Budget Rent A Car) for the approximate 171 square feet of office and counter space located in car rental space #2 and 19 parking spaces located at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop at the Laredo International Airport. Lease term is for five (5) years commencing on August 1, 2006 and ending on July 31, 2011.  Minimum Annual Guarantee (MAG) shall be $146,300.00 or ten percent (10%) of gross sales, whichever is greater; providing for an effective date.

 

23.             Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Rental Car Agency Concession and Lease Agreement with Laredo Car Rental, Inc. (National Car Rental) for the approximate 171 square feet of office and counter space located in car rental space #3 and 19 parking spaces located at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for five (5) years commencing on August 1, 2006 and ending on July 31, 2011.  Monthly rent shall be $80,513.59 or ten percent (10%) of gross sales, whichever is greater; providing for an effective date.

 

24.             Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Rental Car Agency Concession and Lease Agreement with Gateway Rent A Car LLC dba Hertz Systems Licensee for approximately 171 square feet of office and counter space located in car rental space #4 and 17 parking spaces located at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for five (5) years commencing on August 1, 2006 and ending on July 31, 2011.  Minimum Annual Guarantee shall be $79,001.00 or ten percent (10%) of gross sales, whichever is greater; providing for an effective date.

 

25.             Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Rental Car Agency Concession and Lease Agreement with Southwest-Tex Leasing Co., Inc. dba Advantage Rent A Car for the approximate 133 square feet of office and counter space located in car rental space #5 and 19 parking spaces located at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for five (5) years commencing on August 1, 2006 and ending on July 31, 2011.  Minimum Annual Guarantee (MAG) shall be $95,780.64 or ten percent (10%) of gross sales, whichever is greater; providing for an effective date.

 

26.             Amending Ordinance No. 1990-O-197, dated October 16, 1990, that established the minimum standards and requirements for the conduct of commercial aeronautical services and activities at the Laredo International Airport; thereby amending Section II. E., “Line Services”;’ subsection 2(b), “Hangars and Other Buildings”; Subsection 5, “Product Quality Control and Safety”; and Subsection 8, “Insurance Requirements”; providing for an effective date.

 

27.             Authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to the lease agreement approved by Ordinance No. 2002-O-241 dated September 16, 2002, between the City of Laredo, as Lessor, and Commision Mexico-Americana Para La Erradicacion Del Gusano Barrenador (U.S.D.A), as Lessee; thereby, amending Section 1.02, “Term”, to end on May 31, 2006 instead of May 31, 2007, provided Lessee pays back rent in the amount of $36,831.00; providing for an effective date. 

 

28.             Amending Ordinance No. 99-0-363 and as amended by Ordinance No. 2002-O-2005 dated August 19, 2002, by adding a Section authorizing the City Manager to pay real estate commission to real estate brokers whose efforts result in the sale of properties located at the Laredo International Airport and approving the commission to be paid per transaction based on a percent of the bid approved by City Council; providing for an effective date.

 

29.             Providing for the submission of proposed amendments  to the Charter of the City of Laredo to the voters on Tuesday, November 7, 2006, and ordering said election; directing the city secretary to publish notice of the election for the submission of said amendments in a newspaper of general circulation  in the city on October 15, 2006 and October 22, 2006; said notice to set forth in full the text of the proposed amendments;  and directing the city secretary to conduct absentee voting and to take any other necessary action required for the conduct of said election.           

 

30.             Closing as public easement the South one half section of Canada Avenue between O’Kane and Clark Streets, situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas, provided that the City retains the entire former street section as a utility easement and providing for an effective date.

 

31.             Authorizing the City of Laredo to enter into a Lease with Webb County of Lots 9, and 10, Block 320, Eastern Division, for a term of 40 years, to enable Webb County to construct a Community Center to provide various social services and educational programs primarily for the elderly; copy of the lease is attached as Exhibit A; and providing for an effective date.  

 

32.             Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey fee simple title to the “Surface Only” on two land parcels to their respective abutting property owners, at their established market value of $8,150.00 each, and described as follows:

 

Parcel A Consisting of 4,634.54 sq. ft. (0.1064 of an acre more or less, to Juan Ramirez Properties, LTD. a Texas limited partnership; said parcel being out of the East one half section of Texas Avenue from the South right of way line of Chacon Street to 166.83 feet to the South, situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas being generally described on attached Exhibit “A”,

 

Parcel B Consisting of 4,634.54 sq. ft. (0.1064 of an acre) more or less, to Dora Palmarin; said parcel being out of the West one half section of Texas Avenue from the South right of way line of Chacon Street to 166.83 feet to the South, situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas being generally described on attached Exhibit “B”; and hereby, approving the submitted improvement plan as described on Exhibit C and which is in compliance with Section 10 of the Street Closing/Sales Policy Handbook, as approved by Resolution No. 97-R-140; and providing for an effective date.

 

IX.               FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES

 

33.              

2006-O-160               Amending Ordinance No. 2000-O-064 authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a used car lot on Lot 9, Block 351, Eastern Division, located at 114 West Lyon Street by repealing the existing conditional use permit and approving a conditional use permit for a tire shop.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the conditional use permit.

 

2006-O-161               Amending Ordinance No. 97-O-058 authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a truck/trailer rental center (Uhaul dealer) on Lot 2, Block 8, McPherson Acres Development Subdivision Unit II, located at 1613 Calle Del Norte to include a paint and body shop.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the conditional use permit.          

 

2006-O-162               Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a snack bar on Lot 6, Block 233, Eastern Division, located at 320 Mier Street.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.              

 

2006-O-163               Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 67.16 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located on the west side of Bob Bullock Loop North of Winfield Parkway, from R-1 (Single-Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.  

 

2006-O-164               Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 83.10 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located on the west side of Bob Bullock Loop north of Winfield Parkway, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.     

 

2006-O-165               Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 29.7 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located on the southeast corner of Bob Bullock Loop and International Boulevard, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.       

 

2006-O-166               Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 19.4 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A,” located on the south side of Bob Bullock Loop east of International Boulevard, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.   

 

2006-O-167               Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 4.5 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located on the south side of Bob Bullock Loop east of International Boulevard, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.

 

2006-O-168               Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 2.62 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A,” located on the south side of Bob Bullock Loop east of International Boulevard, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.        

 

2006-O-169               Amending ordinance No. 2002-O-142 authorizing a Special Use Permit for mini storage/warehousing, on 2.78 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at 7819 East Country Drive, by revising the site plan.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change. 

 

2006-O-170               Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 1, Country Club Estates Subdivision, located at 3911 Casa Blanca Road, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the zone change.     

 

2006-O-171               Amending the Land Development Code, as follows: Section 24-92.4 (Procedures – Notices, Hearing, Recommendation of Planning and Zoning Commission and action of City Council) Paragraph (4), to reconcile the 200 foot notification requirement to surrounding property owners in accordance with state law; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the ordinance amendment.

 

2006-O-172               Authorizing the City Manager to accept $51,000.00 in contributions for the 2006 Washington trip and amend the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2006 Convention and Visitors Bureau Annual Budget as follows: increase revenue appropriations in the amount of $11,000.00 (excess of original budget) and expenditures in the amount of $31,002.00 ($11,000.00 from contributions and $20,002.00 from designated fund balance).

 

2006-O-173               Authorizing the City Manager to accept monetary reimbursement from the State of Texas, Attorney Generals Office for partial expenses incurred by the City of Laredo Police Department in order to process evidence involving sexual assault victims and that the City of Laredo’s Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Budget is hereby amended by increasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $25,000.00.  Funding will be used to partially pay for the examination for sexually assaulted victims.  The City of Laredo will receive approximately $25,000.00 annually.

 

2006-O-174               Accepting a grant in the amount of $10,000.00 from the Texas Department of Transportation for enforcement of Impaired Driver Mobilization during the Labor Day Holiday Crackdown and amending the City of Laredo’s Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Annual Budget in the amount of $10,000.00.  This grant is for overtime salaries, including fringe benefits, and is funded 100 % by the Texas Department of Transportation.

 

2006-O-175               Amending the City of Laredo 2005 – 2006 Annual Budget in the amount of $624,763.00 to fund the Laredo Autotheft Task Force and accepting an award in the amount of $346,000.00 from the Texas Automobile Theft Prevention Authority. The City of Laredo will be designating $245,839.00 in matching funds, and Webb County will be designating $32,924.00 in matching funds for a total of $624,763.00.  This grant is effective from September 1, 2006 through August 31, 2007. 

 

2006-O-176               Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances Chapter 2-Administration, Article II-Departments, Officers and Employees, Division 6-Pay Administration, Section 2-87.7-Policy, Subparagraph (9); providing for severability and effective date. 

 

 

X.                 RESOLUTIONS

 

34.             2006-R-076   Authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute an interlocal government agreement between the City of Laredo and United Independent School District for the participation of the City of Laredo Police Department in the School Resource Officer Program.  The Laredo Police Department will provide ten (10) officers that will be assigned to various middle and high schools for the 2006 – 2007 school year.

 

35.             2006-R-078   Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Interlocal Agreement between the City of Encinal and the City of Laredo for the collection of Landfill Fees for Disposal of Garbage at the City’s landfill site at a reduced rate of thirty ($30.00) dollars per ton by the City of Encinal on a daily basis for a one and one-half year term, effective August 2, 2006.


 

XI.       MOTIONS

 

36.             Referring the City of Laredo Comprehensive Plan to the Planning and Zoning Commission requiring that a report from the Planning and Zoning Commission with any recommendations be brought back before the City Council before the adoption of the budget, in accordance with Article IX, Section 9.03 of the Charter of the City of Laredo.

 

37.             Calling for a public hearing to be held on September 5, 2006, at the regularly scheduled City Council meeting held at City Hall, 1110 Houston Street at 5:30 p.m.; and authorizing publication of a newspaper advertisement for 10 (ten) consecutive days to inform the general public of the public hearing and that three copies of the Capital Improvements Program are available at the City Secretary’s Office and the Laredo Public Library.

 

38.             Authorizing the City Manager to enter into contract and award 2005 HOME Investment Partnership Program, Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) funds made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the amount of $207,171.00 to the Laredo Webb Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc., (NHS) for the purchase of a minimum of ten (10) residential lots on which affordable single-family housing units will be constructed and be made available to low income first time homebuyers who earn 80% or less of the Housing Area Median Family income (HAMFI).

 

39.             Consideration to award a demolition contract to the lowest bidder, Laredo Environmental Services, LLC, in the amount of $9,800.00 for the demolition of three substandard structures acquired through the Acquisition and Relocation (Monterrey Avenue) Project and the Acquisition Relocation (Highway 359) Project.  The demolition consists of substandard structures located at the following addresses:  1010 ½ Monterrey Avenue, 1014 Monterrey Avenue, and 3020 Willow.  Funding is available in the 31st AY Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

 

40.             Approving the submission of the 2006 One Year Action Plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in request for funding through the 32nd Action Year Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in the amount of $3,711,628.00; the 2006 HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) in the amount of $1,299,879.00; the 2006 American Dream Down Payment Initiative in the amount of $12,841.00; the 2006 Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) in the amount of $158,368.00, and authorizing the City Manager to execute all documents as a result of the Plan’s submission.

 

41.             Consideration to award contract FY06-106, to the low bidder, Laredo Security, Laredo Texas, or C.W. Security Laredo, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $279,916.00 for providing security guard services for the Bridge System, City Hall, Health Department, Health WIC, Civic Center, Solid Waste Department, and the Municipal Housing Division.  Funding is available in the respective departmental budgets.  The contract will be for a period of two (2) years.  The City received identical bids of $7.00 per hour for security guard service from Laredo Security and C.W. Security.   Lots will be drawn at the City Council meeting to determine which vendor will be awarded the service contract for security guard service.

 

42.             Consideration to award bid number FY06-115 for the purchase of three (3), 8-passenger vans from Columbus Country Ford, Caldwell, Texas in the total amount of $44,280.00; and authorizing the purchase of one (1) medium sized sedan and one (1) extended cab pickup through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (Buy Board) contract pricing from Philpott Ford in the total amount of $28,703.00.  These vehicles will be assigned to the Bridge Department.   The City did secure formal bids from four vendors and these vehicles are being purchased at the best bid pricing utilizing either the Buy Board contract pricing or the FY06-115 bid pricing.  Funding is available in the Bridge Department’s budget.

 

43.             Consideration to authorize the purchase and installation of modular skate park ramps and amenities for Eastwoods Park from Kraftsman Playground and Park Equipment through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (Buy Board) contract pricing in the total amount of $60,821.95.  Funding is available in the 2006 C.O. Fund. 

 

44.             Refund of property tax in the amount of $643.83 payable to LSI Tax Service due to an overpayment in account #925-10001-070.

 

45.             Approval of the 2006 Appraisal Roll from the Webb County Appraisal District for the development the City’s tax roll, acceptance of the effective and rollback tax rate calculations of Tax Year 2006 and setting the first public hearing date on August 28, 2006 for the proposed tax rate of $0.637000/$100.00 value.

 

46.             Authorizing the City Manager to opt out of the Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), effective October 1, 2006 through September 30, 2007, as a result of the City currently meeting and exceeding minimum HIPAA benefit provisions.

 

47.             Consideration to award the annual Municipal Court software maintenance contract in the amount of $31,462.00 to Incode.  The amount represents a 3% increase over the previous year.  The annual software maintenance contract covers the following areas; Acuserver, Cash Collections, HTE interface, Municipal Court applications, and Data Dictionary.  Funding is available in the Municipal Court budget.

 

48.             Consideration for approval of acceptance of the Santa Rita Park Phase I, Project 2 (irrigation system, hydro mulch and trees) and approval of final payment in the amount of $3,265.28 to Hollywood Gardens, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final construction contract amount is $65,305.50.  Funding is available in the 27th Action Year 2001-2002 Community Development Block Grant Fund Santa Rita Park.

 

49.             Consideration for approval of acceptance of the Santa Rita Park Phase I, Project 3 (soccer goals, player and referee shelters, park entrance sign and cedar fence) and approval of final payment in the amount of $4,415.50 to Zertuche Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final construction amount is $88,310.00.  Funding is available in the 25th Action Year 1999-2000 Community Development Grant Fund-Santa Rita Park.

 

50.             Consideration for approval to award an engineering contract to Risa Fisher & Associates, Inc., Dallas, Texas, for an amount of $98,800.00 for the design and preparation of plans and specifications for the City of Laredo Biosolids Composting Facility.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

51.             Consideration for approval of acceptance of the City of Laredo Landfill Parking Lot and approval of final payment  in the amount of $37,612.43 to Zertuche Construction, Laredo, Texas.  Staff recommends 15 days liquidated damages for contract time overrun in the amount of $8,250.00; therefore, the net final payment is $29,362.43.  Final contract amount is $752,248.50.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund-Retainable Payable Account.

 

52.             Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to Advantage USAA, Inc., Spring Branch, Texas, in the amount of $257,300.00 for the Civic Center re-roofing located at 2400 San Bernardo Avenue.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Project Fund.

 

53.             Consideration for approval to award a design/build contract to Kraftsman Commercial Playground and Water Park Equipment, Spring, Texas, for an amount of: 

Father McNaboe Splash Park $204,880.00;

Seven Flags Splash Park $144,996.80;

Cecilia Moreno Park (West Lyon Splash Park) $167,980.50 ;

Funding is available in the Zacate Creek Splash Park at Seven Flags CDBG 29th Action Year/2004 Grant; Father McNaboe Splash Park-Parks Capital Grants-Webb County Interlocal Agreement; and Lyon/Cecilia Moreno Splash Park-CDBG 31st Action Year. 

 

54.             Authorizing the City Manager to acquire through negotiations the “Surface Only” of a 13.9131 acre, more or less, parcel of land for the River Vega Land Acquisition Project.  Said parcel being situated in Porcion 22, Abstract 277, between the Riverview Estates Subdivision and the Rio Grande River, and is to be acquired in an amount not to exceed $75,000.00, plus approximately $2,500.00 in incidental expenses.  This will be a voluntary transaction.  Funding is available in the Land/Land & Water Rights fund.

 

55.             Consideration to exercise the renewal option for one additional year for contract FY04-069 awarded to Nick Benavides, Laredo, Texas, for providing monthly mowing and maintenance of the Zacate Creek areas.  The contract award is being modified to include two additional cutting cycles for a revised contract amount not to exceed $84,196.00.  Two extra cuttings will be added to include the area of the waterfall to the end of the Zacate Creek.  The original contract includes the collection of trash, debris, rubbish and other floatable material along the creek from Meadow and Canal Streets to the mouth of the river.  Funding is available in the Environmental Services Department budget.

 

56.             Consideration to award contract FY 06-087 to the low bidder, Lassen Inc., Austin, Texas, in the total amount of $142,386.00 for the Zacate Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant re-aeration tanks lining project.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department-Wastewater Division budget.

 

57.             Consideration for acceptance of the Santa Clara 24” sanitary sewer line and approval of final payment to Price Construction, Ltd., Big Spring, Texas in the amount of $90,791.85.  The total contract amount is $383,012.50.  Funding is available in the 1998 Sewer Bond.

 

58.              Consideration to award supply contract number FY06-111 to the low bidder National Waterworks, San Antonio, Texas in the base amount of $110,990.56 for the purchase of rubber couplings and fittings to use for wastewater applications for the Utilities Department.  This will be a sixty (60) day supply contract with an option to extend for an additional sixty days.  These materials will be purchased on an as needed basis by the Utilities Department wastewater operations for construction and repair projects.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department budget.

 

59.             Consideration to award supply contract number FY06-110 to the low bidder, National Waterworks, San Antonio, Texas in the estimated amount of $250,000.00 for the purchase of PVC pipe used by the Utilities Department. This will be a sixty (60) day supply contract with an option to extend for an additional sixty (60) days.  These materials are purchased on an as needed basis for construction and repair projects.  The City received a lower bid from Ferguson Waterworks, Mission, Texas; however, this vendor has submitted a letter withdrawing their bid because they submitted bids on the wrong grade of PVC pipe.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department budget.

 

60.             Accepting the U.S. 83/SH 359 Utility Relocations; and approving final payment in the amount of $47,306.14 to J. Solis Maintenance & Welding Service, Laredo, Texas, for a total, final contract amount of $294,038.44.  Further, approving change order #1 in the amount of a net decrease of $28.56 and extending the contract period by 90 working days for a total of 150 working days.  Funding for the final payment will come from the Retainage Payables accounts and the 1998 Water Bond.

 

61.             Approving amendment no. 6 to a contract with Foster Engineering, Company, Laredo, Texas in the amount of $12,575.00 to redesign plans/profiles for streets in Pueblo Nuevo Wastewater Collection and Water Distribution Improvements Project in the total amount of $525,913.00 and is subject to the approval of the TWDB.  Funding is available in the Colonias Project fund.

 

62.             Ratify and approve action taken by the City Manager on June 5, 2006 to authorize an emergency purchase order in an amount not to exceed $44,000.00 to Fergusson for the purchase of fittings, valves and fire hydrants for the construction of the 16” water line along FM1472 from San Gabriel to the Mines Road elevated storage tank.

 

63.             Approval of change order #1 to Jimmy Closner and Sons Construction Co., Inc., Mercedes, Texas, deducting the amount of $4,337.50, for the construction of the Mines Road Work Order #2 – Water Main and Pump Station Project, subject to the approval of the TWDB; and extending the contract time for an additional 409 calendar days. The revised contract amount is $1,992,215.75. The new construction time including this change order will be 739 calendar days.  Funding is available in the Colonias Project Fund and Water Works Fund.

 

64.              Adopting the state and federal legislative agendas.

 

65.              Authorizing the City Manager to enter into contract with the consulting firms named below for intergovernmental, informational, and advocacy services to be provided to the City of Laredo during the period of October 1, 2006 through September 30, 2007.  Funding is available in the General Fund Purchased Professional Services Account and the Laredo Bridge System Fund. The annual Washington, D.C. reception expenses will be reimbursed by private sector sponsorships.

·         Miller Van Eaton, P.L.L.C., Washington, D.C., in the amount of $90,000 plus out of pocket expenses not to exceed $11,550 and up to $30,000 for expenses to be incurred for the annual Washington, D.C.  reception; for a total contract amount of $131,550;

·         Government Relations Consultants, Oakton, Virginia, in the amount of $90,000.00 plus travel and other out of pocket expenses that must be pre-approved, said expenses not to exceed an agreed upon amount;

·         Baker Botts, LLP, Austin, Texas in the amount of $74,000, plus out of pocket expenses not to exceed $5,000.00 and that must be pre-approved;

·         McWilliams & Associates, Austin, Texas, in the amount of  $60,000; and

·         Infrastructure Solutions, Inc., Austin, Texas, in the amount of $120,000, plus travel expenses that must be pre-approved said expenses not to exceed an agreed upon amount.

All contract awards are contingent upon approval of the 2006-2007 annual budget.

 

 

XII.             STAFF REPORTS

 

66.              

 

A.                 Presentation by Mr. Wayne Belzer of the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC), regarding the Clean Rivers Program and water quality of the Rio Grande.

 

B.                 Status report on the water and sewer line extensions for Highway 359 Colonias Project.

 

C.                Presentation by Dan Migura, Human Resources Director, regarding the retirement status of United Water employees re-employed by the City of Laredo.

 

D.                Committee report on third party funding procedure and funding recommendations, with possible action.

 

 

XIII.           GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

67.              

 

A.                 Request by Mayor Raul G. Salinas

1.           Discussion with possible action on support for the Fire/Police Civil Service Program.

 

B.                 Request by Council Member Mike Garza

1.         Discussion with possible action on utilities disconnects.

 

C.                Request by Council Member Hector J. Garcia

1.         Discussion with possible action on a traffic study and installation of a traffic signal at the intersection of New Port Street and Clark Boulevard at the Eastwoods subdivision.

 

D.                Request by Council Member Dr. Micheal Landeck

1.                  Discussion with possible action for the approval of a redesign of the Slaughter Park in which the three (3) soccer fields and the Championship Soccer field components remain as planned.

 

E.                 Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

1.           Status report on the installation of shades at various parks, with possible action.

 

F.                 Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

1.           Discussion with possible action on removing the bushes and installing pavers along the median beginning at the intersection of San Dario and Del Mar Boulevard.

 

2.           Discussion with possible action on installing a valley gutter at Lyles Loop.

 

G.                Request by Council Member Juan Chavez

1.                  Discussion with possible action on developing an ordinance to prohibit farm, construction, industrial and warehouse machinery and/or motorized equipment from using public streets (i.e. forklifts, backhoes, mowers etc.)  The ordinance should allow for exceptions when machinery or equipment is assigned to a worksite in the immediate area and uses the public street. 

 

2.                  Report on the number of traffic citations issued to truck drivers that violate the No Truck Zone along Mines Road between Bristol Road and Big Bend Blvd., with possible action.

 

3.                  Discussion with possible action on purchasing a voting system for the City Council meetings.

 

4.                  Discussion with possible action on creating a No Parking/Tow Away Zone on Tesoro Plaza, north of West Calton Rd. and ending at the Fireman's Union Hall.

 

H.                 Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Juan Ramirez

1.           Discussion with possible action on a proposal that the City Fleet Division maintain El Metro buses.

 

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.

 

68.             Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072 in order to deliberate on the value and the possible sale of real property near the Laredo International Airport, because deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the City Council in negotiations with third persons; and return to open session for possible action on conducting a public sale to dispose of an approximate 88.6913-acre tract of non-aeronautical use land located on the east side of Bob Bullock Loop fronting the Laredo International Airport Passenger Terminal together with lease encumbrance by a lease agreement with Laredo Town Center, L. P.

 

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

 

 

69.             Authorizing the City Manager to apply for State Public Transportation funds in the amount of $634,934.00 with the Texas Department of Transportation which is authorized to distribute State funds for Transit capital and operating assistance in urbanized areas under 200,000 in population.

 

 

XVI.         RECESS AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING CORPORATION

 

70.             Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation (LMHC) to establish and charge rental amounts at the Jose Flores Apartment Complex as follows:  2 bedroom units at $444.00; 3 bedroom units at $570.00; and 4 bedroom units at $661.00.  The deposit amounts for new tenants on or after October 1, 2006 will be established the same as the monthly rental amount. 

 

XVII.       RECESS AS THE LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING CORPORATION AND RECONVENE AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL

 

XVIII.     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 reposted on Wednesday, August 11, 2006 at 5:40 p.m.

 

 

 

                                                                        _________________________

Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary