AS AMENDED

 

 

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2006-R-16

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

August 28, 2006

5:30 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.

 

Out of consideration for all attendees of the City Council meetings, please turn off all cellular phones and pagers, or place on inaudible signal.  Thank you for your consideration.

 

I.                    CALL TO ORDER

 

II.                  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

III.                ROLL CALL

 

IV.               MINUTES

 

V.                 COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

a.      Announcement by Esmeralda Martinez, Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas Branch Coordinator, on the new Laredo office and their recent outreach efforts in the community.

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

a.      Recognition of Armando Moreno, Fleet Supervisor, and Martin Salazar, Automotive Mechanic, on achieving Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifications for Brakes in the Medium/Heavy Truck Technician category and Brakes in the Automobile Technician category, respectively.  Armando Moreno is also ASE certified in Diesel Engines. 

 

b.      Recognizing Humberto Garza, Airport Operations Manager, for successfully completing the requirements of North American Small Business International Educators (NASBITE) course and obtaining the designation of Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP). 

 

c.      Recognition of H.E.B., Time Warner, Laredo Center for the Arts, KLDO, and McDonalds for their participation and contributions to the Laredo Public Library's Summer Programming.

 

Communiqués

 

VI.               APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

a.      Appointments by Mayor Raul G. Salinas of:

1.      Jose Gamez to the Para Transit Advisory Committee

2.      Gerardo Madrazo to the Transportation & Traffic Safety Advisory Committee as Nuevo Laredo Transportation Association representative.

3.      Danny Dunn to the Tree Advisory Committee.

4.      Council Member Mike Garza to the Legislative Liaison Committee replacing Council Member Gene Belmares.

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

 

b.      Appointment by Council Member Dr. Michael Landeck of John Bruce to the Airport Advisory Committee to replace Ronnie Salamon.

 

VII.             PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.          Public hearing for the adoption of a tax rate of $0.637000 per $100 value.  The tax rate will provide revenue for general fund and debt service.  The rate includes $0.513745 per $100 value of Maintenance and Operation and $0.123255 per $100 value for the Interest and Sinking Fund of the Debt Service and is estimated to generate a tax levy of $53,431,828.

 

2.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept a $3,000.00 donation from Paul Young Properties, LTD. and amend the City of Laredo FY 2005-2006 Annual Budget by appropriating and revenues and expenditures in the amount of $3,000.00 in the form of a donation for the purpose of building a perimeter fence at the Eastwoods Park.

 

3.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 19, Motor and Traffic, Article VIII Stopping, Standing or Parking, Section 19-355, Minimum Fines for Parking Violations for the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo, to increase the minimum fines for the parking violations, include the additional parking violations and associated fines and to add a late charge for nonpayment; and providing for severability, publication and effective date.

 

4.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the FY 2005-2006 Annual Budget by accepting a grant for $28,500.00 from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the funding of the Joint Hazardous Material Education Initiative.

 

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 $164,837.00 in funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services, which includes $24,712.00 from an estimated Program Income for the Tuberculosis Elimination Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2006 through August 31, 2007.

 

6.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a concession agreement between the City of Laredo and Carlos Becerra, Jr. DBA Carlos Jr. refreshments for the right to sell food and non-alcoholic beverages from a cart at the corner of Iturbide and Convent Streets.  The term of the agreement is for two (2) years at a rate of one hundred fifty dollars ($150) per month.

 

7.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance accepting funds in the amount of $120,000.00 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 FY 2005-2006 General Fund Budget of the City of Laredo by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $120,000.00 for salary expenses for Laredo Police Department Communications Division.

 

8.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager’s acceptance of a grant from the South Texas Development Council (STDC) in the amount of $28,213.00 with no matching funds and amending the City of Laredo’s FY 2005-2006 Annual Budget for the Environmental Services fund by appropriating the said grant revenue to the appropriate expenditure accounts.  The grant funds will be used for a litter reduction campaign. 

 

9.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the 2005-2006 Veterans Field Fund Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $114,300.00 for the operations of the Broncos Baseball Team housed at the Veterans Field as part of the lease agreement with Laredo Equities, LLC.

 

10.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute an Interlocal Agreement with Webb County for the purpose of renovating the Larga Vista Park and authorizing the City to provide park improvements in an amount not to exceed $75,000.00.  Park improvements will include a walking trail, basketball court renovation and other park amenities as specified in Exhibit “A”.

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

VIII.           INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

11.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with USATSM, for approximately 6,017 square feet constituting Section 1 of Building No. 170 located at 5103 Maher Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for five (5) years commencing on July 31, 2006, and ending on July 30, 2011.  Monthly rent shall be $2,647.48 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date. 

 

12.      Approving the property exchange agreement with J & J Flores Properties, LTD, copy of which is attached as Exhibit 1; authorizing the City Manager to convey tract of 0.059 acres to J & J Flores Properties, LTD, described therein, authorizing the City Manager to accept deed of 0.1379 acres from J & J Flores Properties, LTD to the City of Laredo described therein; and providing for effective date.

 

13.      Closing as a public easement, a tract of land, 12.20 ft. wide containing 4,992 sq. ft, more or less, out of the east half of Convent Avenue extending from right-of-way line of Zaragoza Street to International Bridge No. 1 facilities, situated in the Western Division, County of Webb, Texas, as described in Exhibit “A” and providing for an effective date.

 

14.      Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances as follows:  Chapter 2, Article II, Division 6 (Pay Administration), Section 2-87.7 (12) (a), providing for a cost of living adjustment increase of 2.5% except as otherwise stated in a collective bargaining agreement; providing for an effective date of October 8, 2006.

 

15.       Amending Chapter 19 “Motor Vehicles and Traffic”, Article VIII; Stopping, Standing or Parking, of the code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo; specifically Section 19-364, Restricted Parking Areas, establishing a “No Parking Anytime/Tow Away Zone” on the east and west side of the 4900 block to the 5200 block of Tesoro Plaza, located north of West Calton Road, within city limits of Laredo; providing for severability, effective date and publication.

 

16.       Accepting a grant in the amount of $100,000 from the Texas Department of Transportation for enforcement of Comprehensive Selective Traffic Enforcement Program. The grant period will begin October 01, 2006 and runs thru September 30, 2007.  This grant is for overtime salaries.  The City of Laredo will match with $26,350 for fringe benefits.

 

17.      Accepting a grant in the amount of $40,000 from the Texas Department of Transportation for performance of the Commercial Motor Vehicle Selective Traffic Enforcement Program from October 01, 2006 through September 30, 2007. This grant is for overtime salaries.  The City of Laredo will match with $10,537 for fringe benefits. 

 

IX.               FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

18.       

2006-O-177        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.

 

2006-O-178        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.

 

2006-O-179        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.

 

2006-O-180        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.

 

2006-O-181        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.

 

2006-O-182        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.

 

2006-O-183        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. 

 

2006-O-184        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.

 

2006-O-185        Authorizing Authorizing the City Manager to accept a             $5,000.00 donation from AT&T and amend the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 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.  (As amended)

 

2006-O-186        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. 

 

2006-O-187        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.

 

2006-O-188        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.

 

2006-O-189        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. 

 

2006-O-190        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.

 

2006-O-191        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.  

 

2006-O-192        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. 

 

2006-O-193        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. 

 

2006-O-194        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 $52,491.00.  The Revolving Loan funds will be used for housing rehabilitation loans and grants, which will assist low-income homeowners, rehabilitate their home.  (As amended)

 

2006-O-195        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.

 

2006-O-196        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.

 

2006-O-197        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.

 

2006-O-198        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.

 

2006-O-199        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.

 

2006-O-200        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.

 

2006-O-201        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.

 

2006-O-202        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. 

 

2006-O-203        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 Comision 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. 

 

2006-O-204        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.

 

2006-O-205        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.          

 

2006-O-206        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.

 

2006-O-207        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.  (As amended)  

 

2006-O-208        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.

 

 

X.                 RESOLUTIONS

 

19.      2006-R-079     Designating polling places and times of said election in accordance with the Texas Election Code; and authorizing the City Manager to enter into contract with the Webb County Elections Administrator for the purpose of conducting joint special election with the City of Laredo.  Funding is subject to future appropriations.

 

20.      2006-R-080       Appointing Raymond Camina to the Laredo Convention & Visitors Bureau (LCVB) Advisory Committee effective this date. 

 

21.      2006-R-081       Adopting the list of Capital Improvement Projects which will be submitted to the South Texas Development Council for incorporation in the Overall Economic Development Program (OEDP) plan to be provided to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA), for potential funding consideration and authorizing the City Manager to submit a follow-up grant application as may be directed by EDA and to execute any and all related documents.  Projects named  include:

·        Extension of Bartlett Ave. (Jacaman Rd. to Del Mar Blvd.)

·        Extension of Ejido Avenue (San Nicolas To Cielito Lindo)

·        Springfield North Extension (Hill Top II Subd. To Shiloh Blvd.)

 

22.      2006-R-082     Adopting the City of Laredo Comprehensive Plan without amendment in accordance with Article IX, Section 9.03 of the Charter of the City of Laredo.

 

23.      2006-R-083     Authorizing the City Manager to submit a grant application to the Texas Department of State Health Services, Local Projects Grant Program in the amount of $50,000.00 with the City designating $25,000.00 in matching funds.  These funds will be used to purchase four (4) Life Pak 12 EKGs to replace current aging EKG equipment.

 

24.      2006-R-084     Ratifying the City Manager’s submittal of a grant application to the Federal Aviation Administration requesting an Airport Improvement Program Discretionary Grant and to accept said grant, if offered, in the amount of $7,500,000.00 to rehabilitate Phase 2 of the General Aviation Apron, construct Phase 2 of the N. E. Cargo Apron and construct cargo pads at the Laredo International Airport.  The local match of five (5) percent in the amount of $394,737.00 is available in the Land Reimbursable Account (Rash Tract).  

 

XI.               MOTIONS

 

25.      Authorizing the selection of Alliance Transportation Group, Inc. as consultants and authorizing staff to enter into negotiations with the selected consultant for the development of the San Bernardo Avenue Renovation and Restoration Project.  The Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has budgeted $83,661.00 for this project using federal planning grant (PL112) funds.

 

26.      Consideration to award contract FY06-106, to the low bidder, C.W. Security Laredo, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $237,874.00 for providing security guard services for the Bridge System, City Hall, Health Department, Parks and Recreation Department - Civic Center, Solid Waste Department, and the Municipal Housing Department.  The contract will be for a period of two years.  Funding is available in the respective departmental budgets.

 

27.      Authorizing the City Manager to renew for one year the existing contract with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas to provide third party administration of the City’s health and benefits plan to include administrative services only, utilization review services, medical network services, stop loss insurance, administration, flexible spending account administration, disease management, retiree billing and other related services for a period of one (1) year with an option to renew for one (1) additional year term, subject to satisfactory performance evaluations; the effective date will October 1, 2006.  Funding is available in the Health and Benefits Fund.

 

28.      Approval of selection of consultants Crane Engineering & Sherfey Engineering (in association with Frank Architects and Hydrologic Group) and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract to provide consulting services for the Upper Zacate Creek multipurpose detention pond and associated drainage improvements for the City of Laredo, Texas.  Funding is available in the NPDES fund.

 

29.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of one crew cab truck through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (Buy Board) contract pricing in the total amount of $26,917.00 from Philpott Motors.  This truck will be assigned to the Public Works Department.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Project (CIP) budget.

 

30.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute physician contract FY06-113 between the City of Laredo and David Cruz, M.D., in which the physician provides medical services to City employees through the Employee Health and Wellness Division.  The term will be for one year beginning on October 1, 2006 through September 30, 2007 with a one year option to renew exercisable by the City only.  The cost of this one year contract is $25,000.00.  Funding is available in the Health Benefits Fund/Employee Health Division.

31.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of two (2) fifteen (15) passenger vans for the Police Department in the amount of $52,594.00 from Caldwell Country Chevrolet, through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) Cooperative Purchasing Program.  Funding is available in the Police Department’s Trust Fund budget.

 

32.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Interim Sewer Connection Agreement with Flying J, Inc., limited to a capacity of 12,000 gallons per day (GPD); and a term of eight months or until the package sewer plant is constructed by Verde Corp. and accepted by the City, whichever occurs sooner; and Flying J, Inc., agrees to pump and haul any amount in excess of the 12,000 GPD, with the City turning off the lift station if the capacity is exceeded by any party; further requiring Flying J to reimburse the City immediately for all penalties incurred for notice of violations, citations or orders issued by the State of Texas, for actions needed above the currently scheduled upgrades.

 

33.      Authorizing the City Manager to purchase Lot 10, Block 320, Eastern Division, for the sum of $31,000.00, which property will be incorporated in the lease with Webb County authorized by Ordinance approved on this date.  This will be a voluntary transaction.  Funding is available in the 1998 CO Issue.

 

34.      Consideration to exercise the renewal option for an additional year for contract FY 05-096 to Rush Truck Center, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $100,000.00 and Freightliner of Laredo, Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $40,000.00 for the purchase of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts and service for the City’s medium and heavy duty trucks.  All parts and services will be secured on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance budget.

 

35.      Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Sepulveda Associates Architects, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in association with Leyendecker Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the City of Laredo Fleet Management Division Facility and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.

 

36.      Consideration for approval to award a professional services contract to Design Group International, Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $120,000.00 for design and preparation of plans and specifications for the Santo Niño Library.  Funding is available in the 2006 CO Issue.

 

37.      Approving the monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amounts to be adjusted for the month of July 2006, represents a decrease of $79.54.  These adjustments are determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

38.      Consideration to award contracts to 25 qualified book vendors for library materials collection development for books and audio-visual products for a period of two years.  Funding is subject to future budget appropriations.

 

39.      Authorizing the City Manager to extend the current contract for one year with the Texas Department of Health and Human Services Commission (THHSC) to provide a Medicaid Eligibility Specialist employed by THHSC, stationed at the Health Department, 40 hours a week.  The Health Department will reimburse THHSC the total amount of $29,143.00 for this service, term from October 1, 2006 through September 30, 2007.  Funding is available in the Health Fund/Administration budget.

 

40.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract with the Texas Department of Health Services, Bureau of Vital Statistics and the City of Laredo Health Department Vital Statistic Division for the Health Department to reimburse TDSHS the amount of $1.83 for each Certification of Vital Records issued as a result of database searches to authorized individuals requesting such data for the term from September 1, 2006 through August 31, 2008.

 

41.      Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into contract in the estimated amount of $216,000.00 with the sole source vendor, Sungard H.T.E. (Harvard Technical Enterprises) Inc. for providing a Work Order/Facility Management application and the Naviline Browser user interface.

 

42.      Consideration to award contract FY06-114 to the low bidder, Martin Instruments, Austin, Texas, in the amount of $41,067.00 for the purchase of surveying equipment for the Engineering Department.  Funding is available in the department’s budget.

 

43.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract for Provision of Sewer Service with A. F. Muller Company (“Developer”), a Texas corporation, being the developer of a 38.64 acre tract of real property, and La Bota Development Co., Inc., a Texas corporation, (“Adjacent Landowner”) in which the City is willing to provide sewer service that will not exceed a total capacity of 1,909 gallons per minute (referred to in the agreement as “GPM”) as specified in the agreement

 

44.      Consideration to authorize the City Manager to execute a contract with Graphitiks Advertising of Laredo, Texas, who will design, produce, sell adverstising and print the 2007 Laredo/Nuevo Laredo Official Visitors Guide.  Graphtiks will print, at no cost to the City of Laredo, 130,000 copies of the guide which is a 76-page full color magazine featuring “Los Dos Laredos”.  The guide will be produced under the direction of the Laredo Convention & Visitors Bureau relative to style, design, and editorial content.

 

XII.             STAFF REPORTS

 

45.       

 

A.     Status report on the proposed fiscal year 2006-2007 budget with discussion and possible action on the following items:

General Fund

Appropriate additional revenues in the amount of $517,466; reduce expenditure appropriations in the amount of $164,356 to properly balance General Fund and approval of third party funding allocations as recommended by the Third Party Funding Committee.

 


Hotel Motel

Approval of third party funding allocations as recommended by the Third Party Funding Committee.

 

Transit

Presentation by Ronald Moore on options to reduce expenditures and proposed revenue increase.

 

B.     Discussion with possible action to consider Police Officer Omar Oscar H. Moreno, Jr.’s second request for an extension of injury leave with pay in accordance with 143.073 (b) of the Texas Government Code.

 

C.    Discussion with possible action on approving the Laredo Commission for Women 2006-2007 Plan of Action.

 

XIII.           GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

46.       

a.       

A.                 Request by Mayor Raul G. Salinas

1.           Discussion with possible action on an update for the secondary source of water project to include current water pressure conditions.

 

2.           Discussion with possible action on increasing rates for the taxicab fares.

 

B.        Request by Council Member Dr. Michael Landeck

1.           Discussion with possible action to freeze the amount of City tax assessed to those who are 65 or older or disabled to the last assessment issued to them during the tax year 2006.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Mike Garza)

 

C.                Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

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

 

2.           Discussion with possible action on the equipment upgrade for turn signals at the intersections of Clark Boulevard at Meadow Avenue and Seymour Street respectively.

 

D.                Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

1.           Discussion with possible action on initiating public hearings as required by the Tow Services Ordinance.

 

2.           Discussion with possible action on moving the water park project into the 2007 CIP listing and the municipal golf course project into 2007 and 2008 CIP listing.  (Co-sponsored by Mayor Pro Tempore Juan Ramirez)

 

3.           Discussion with possible action on renovating the utility out room located at the Del Mar Fire Station #8, 510 Del Mar Blvd.

 

E.                 Request by Council Member Juan Chavez

1.           Report on the number of traffic citations issued to truck drivers, with the last 6 months, that have violate the No Truck Zone at the entrances of Bristol Road, Lowry Road, Quail Creek, Rancho Viejo and Big Bend Blvd., with possible action.

 

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

 

3.           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. 

 

F.                 Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Juan Ramirez

1.           Discussion with possible action on the use of the Civic Center for the four annual events held by the Border Area Nutrition Council (BANC).

2.           Discussion with possible action on extending the meter time limits to four hours on Houston Street, between Juarez and Davis. 

3.           Status report on Bridge II/SENTRI lane improvements.

4.           Discussion with possible action to request from the State Department of Public Safety an additional office location for the processing of licenses and inspection procedures. 

 

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.

 

XV.           RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MUNICIPAL HOUSING CORPORATION

 

47.      2006-LMH-001  Authorizing the Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation (LMHC)  to establish and charge rental amounts at the Jose Flores Apartment Complex as follows:  2 bedroom units $444.00; 3 bedroom units $570.00; and 4 bedroom units $661.00 effective October 1, 2006.  The deposit amounts for new tenants on or after October 1, 2006 will be established as the same as the monthly rental amount.


 

XVI.         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 Thursday, August 24, 2006 at 10:00 a.m.

 

 

 

                                               

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

               City Secretary