CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2006-R-18

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

SEPTEMBER 18, 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.

 

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I.                    CALL TO ORDER

 

II.                  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

III.                ROLL CALL

 

IV.               MINUTES

 

 Approval of the minutes of June 5, 2006 and June 19, 2006.

 

V.                 COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

a.      Recognition of Gilberto Sanchez, of the Budget Department, on his selection as August 2006 Employee of the Month.

 

b.      Recognition by Chief Sosa of Border Patrol agents Scott Fondren and J. David Garcia as well as firefighters who collectively contributed to saving the lives of two (2) civilians during a vehicle explosion on IH-35 on September 7, 2006.  Their daring actions are exemplary of team work between agencies for the benefit of our community.

 

c.      Recognition of Patricia Taylor, Laredo Convention and Visitor's Bureau Director, for being named the 2006 Ohtli Award Recipient by the Mexican Secretary for Exterior Relations through the Mexican Consul Javier Abud Osuna.

 

Communiqués

 

VI.               APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

a.      Appointment by Mayor Raul G. Salinas of Council Member Hector J. Garcia to the Audit Committee.

 

b.      Appointment by Council Member Gene Belmares of:

i.        Martha Miller to the Laredo Commission for Women Committee.

ii.      Dan Ryan to the Board of Adjustments Committee.

iii.    Antonio Vedia to the Third Party Funding Committee.

 

VII.             PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.          Public hearing and adoption of Resolution No. 2006-R-093 adopting the 2007-2011 Capital Improvement Program of the City of Laredo.

 

2.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 7, Block 3, Moreno Addition, located at 1818 Diaz Avenue, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.  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 authorizing a Special Use Permit and two drilling permits for oil and/or gas extraction on 1.54 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located on the northeast corner of Ejido Avenue and Cielito Lindo Boulevard; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the Special Use Permit.

 

4.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 2, Block 59, Calton Gardens Subdivision, located at 104 East Calton Road, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  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 authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a photo studio/shop on Lot 6 and South ½ of Lot 4, Block 1650, Eastern Division, located at 1910 Arkansas Avenue; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the conditional use permit.      

 

6.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a bar/night club on Lots 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14, Block 1, Vista Hermosa Subdivision Unit III, located at 5517 McPherson Avenue, Units F, G & H; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the Conditional Use Permit.                                                                      

 

7.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 3.34 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A,” located on the southwest corner of La Pita Mangana Road and Wright Way, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the proposed zone change.

 

8.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005-2006 annual budget by increasing revenues and expenditures of $13,183.00 in additional funds totaling $118,654.00 from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP); extending the grant period three additional months, from September 1, 2006 through November 30, 2006; and authorizing the City Manager to execute said contract.

 

9.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2005-2006 budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures from the Texas Department of State Health Services for three Health Department Public Health Preparedness and Epidemiology Program (PHP) contract attachments as follows:

1) Accepting $205,516.00 in additional funds for PHP Attachment No. 09B and extending the grant period (ends December 31, 2006), an additional eight (8) months, from September 1, 2005, through August 31, 2007. 

2) Accepting $5,000 in funds for PHP Attachment No. 12A for storage of a CHEMPACK container as part of its response preparedness activities; from January 1, 2006, through August 31, 2007. 

3) Accepting $750,000 in funds from PHP Attachment No. 01 for renovation of the Department’s Laboratory to a functional Bio-Safety Level-3 facility, term from September 1, 2006 through August 31, 2007

 

10.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances Chapter 2 titled “Administration”, Article VI “Investment Policy” Section 2-268 “Investment Strategy” by adding Subsection D “Diversification” and adopting the City of Laredo Investment Policy to comply with Public Funds Investment Act Chapter 2256, Texas Government Code.                   

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

VIII.           INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

 

11.      Closing as a public easement the 2200 Block of Hidalgo Street between the west right-of-way line of Eagle Pass Avenue and the Laredo Community College property line situated in the Western Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, and providing for an effective date.

 

12.      Closing as a public easement the south one half section of New York Avenue between Reynolds and O’kane Streets, situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas, and providing for an effective date.

 

13.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a ground lease with Nextel WIP Lease Corporation, a Delaware Corporation, dba Nextel Partners, for ground space at 1902 Lafayette, Laredo, Webb County, Texas, and being more fully described in Exhibit “A” of lease agreement, to construct on such premises and equipment building and self-supporting type tower (“Tower”), more fully described in Exhibit “C” of the lease agreement, for the purpose of providing cell services and for co-locations, if provided by Landlord, and related equipment building for use in connection with its communication business.  Term of the lease is five (5) years commencing October 3, 2006 and ending October 2, 2011, with an option for four (4) successive renewal terms of five (5) years.  The annual base rent shall be $15,000.00 each year during the term of the lease and will be increased by five percent (5%) on each anniversary of the commencement date, providing for an effective date.

 

14.      Amending chapter 19 Motor Vehicle and Traffic, Article VIII, Stopping, Standing or Parking, Section 19-360, Parking Meters, to revise Section (a) and increase the existing two-hour parking time limit to four-hours for all parking meters located north of Houston Street, east of Santa Maria Avenue, west of San Eduardo Avenue, and south of Scott Street, providing for severability, publication, and effective date.

 

IX.               FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

15.       

 

2006-O-225       Adopting the Proposed Annual Budget for Fiscal Year 2006-2007 by appropriating the proposed revenues, expenditures and balances reported therein for the year beginning October 1, 2006 and ending September 30, 2007, consistent with the financial plan described in said Annual Budget; and authorizing the City Manager to implement said Annual Budget.  (As amended)

 

2006-O-226       Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for granite, marble, tile & porcelain sales and storage on Lot 1, Block 666, Eastern Division, located at 4119 McPherson Road; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the conditional use permit. 

 

2006-O-227       Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 15, Block 42, Las Americas Subdivision, Unit 3, located at 2100 Ejido Avenue from R-1A (Single-Family Residential Reduced Area District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed zone change. 

 

2006-O-228       Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 4, 5, and 6, Block 1372, Eastern Division, located at 2395-2 Saunders Avenue, from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended denial of the zone change. 

 

2006-O-229       Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for multi-family residential on Lots 4, 5, and 6, Block 921, Eastern Division, located at 1719 Cortez Street; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the conditional use permit.

 

2006-O-230       Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for an adult day care on Lot 1, Block 4, Concord Hills Community Subdivision Phase II, located at 601 Concord Hills Boulevard; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change. 

 

2006-O-231       Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005-2006 Fleet Management budget by appropriating $300,000.00 for both revenues and expenditures for the purchase of fuels.  Funding is available in the respective department budgets.

 

2006-O-232       Amending section 12-2 [Fire Protection Code] of Chapter 12 [Fire Prevention and Protection] of the Code of Ordinances to adopt the 2006 Edition of the International Fire Code; and amending Section 12-6 [Life Safety Code 101 and Handbook] to adopt the 2006 Edition of the Life Safety Code 101 and Handbook; and amending Section 12-4 [Penalties for Violations] to provide that the penalties apply to all provisions of Article I of Chapter 12; and providing for publication and effective date. 

 

2006-O-233       Amending Section 12-81 [Purpose and Schedule] of Article IV [Fire Prevention Fees] of Chapter 12 [Fire Prevention & Protection] of the Code of Ordinances to revise and increase the fees for inspection services; and section 12-82 thereof to increase the fees for secondary inspections; and providing for publication and an effective date.

 

2006-O-234       Amending Chapter 7 of the Code of Ordinance in order to adopt the 2006 version of three codes, and adoption of three others, to-wit:

1.      Adopting the 2006 edition of the International Building Code by amending section 7-2 and 7-2;

2.      Adopting the 2006 edition of the International Mechanical Code, by amending section 7-4

3.      Adoption the 2006 edition of the International Residential Code by amending section 7-7

4.      Adopting the 2006 edition of the International Property Maintenance code by adding new section 7-8;

5.      Adopting the International Energy Conservation Code by adding section 7-9;

6.      Adopting the 2006 edition of the International Existing Building Code, by adding new section 7-10;

7.      Increasing the reinspection fee from twenty dollars to fifty dollars and providing for an effective date.  (As amended)

 

2006-O-235       Amending Chapter 25 (Plumbing)of the Code of Ordinance in order to adopt the 2006 version of some code, and adoption of two others, to-wit:

1.           Amending Section 25-3 to adopt the 2006 edition of the International Plumbing Code; and

2.           Adding new section 25-6 (International Fuel Gas Code Adopted), thereby adopting the 2006 edition of the International Fuel Gas Code; and

3.           Adding new section 25-7 (International Private Sewage Disposal Code) thereby adopting the 2006 edition of the International Private Sewage Disposal Code, and increasing the re-inspection fee from twenty dollars to fifty dollars and providing for an effective date.  (As amended)

 

2006-O-236       Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005-06 annual budget by authorizing the City Manager to accept, execute and appropriate revenues and expenditures for the Local Public Health System-Office of Public Health Practices (OPHP) grant in the amount of $306,835.00 from the Texas Department of State Health Services, and amending the Full-Time Equivalent positions (FTEs) for the City of Laredo Health Department.  The term period for the grant is from September 1, 2006, through August 31, 2007.    

 

2006-O-237       Amending Chapter 13, Food and Food Products, Article II, Food Products Establishments, Section 13-58, Issuance of Food Handler’s Certificates, Division 3 – Employees of the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances by adding section (f) to establish an on-site food service sanitation training and to establish a fee of $250.00 per site as all other fees remain in effect; and providing for publication and effective date.

 

2006-O-238       Amending Chapter 6, Animal and Fowl, Article II, Rabies Control, Sec. 6-21, Immunization required for dogs and cats of the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances to establish a rabies vaccination fee of ten dollars ($12.00) to assist with the operations of the Animal Control and Rabies Prevention Services; and providing for publication and effective date.  (As amended)

 

2006-O-239       Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005-2006 Airport Construction Budget to recognize additional revenues from a grant received from the Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program Discretionary Grant being Grant Project No. 3-48-0136-49-06 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, construct cargo pads at the Laredo International Airport and acquire land and appropriating said grant revenue and local match to the appropriate expenditure accounts and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.  The local match of five (5) percent in the amount of $394,737.00 is available in the Airport Construction Fund-Land Reimbursable Account (Rash Tract).

 

2006-O-240       Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Easement and Underground Service Agreement Document WR#5647116 with American Electric Power (AEP) consisting of approximately 276.00 square foot tract of land for a 12 foot wide AEP easement out of Block 18, of the plat of the Laredo Airport, recorded in Volume 5, Page 1, of the plat records of Webb County, Texas, for the installation of electrical facilities at 4608 Daugherty at the Laredo International Airport; providing for an effective date.

 

2006-O-241       Repealing City of Laredo Code of Ordinances, Chapter 2-Administration, Article II- Departments, Officers and Employees, Division 1-Generally, Sec. 2-17-Division of Departments; providing for severability, repeal all laws in conflict, and an effective date.

 

2006-O-242       Providing for an adoption of a tax rate of $0.637000 per $100 value with a Maintenance and Operation rate of $0.513745 per $100 and an Interest and Sinking fund rate of $0.123255 per $100 value and for the levy and the collection of General and Special ad valorem taxes for the City of Laredo for Tax Year 2006 and Fiscal Year 2006-2007.  (As amended and subject to approval of Motion #18)

 

X.                 RESOLUTIONS

 

16.      2006-R-085  Accepting the donation of one utility easement from Delfina Z. O’Donnell for the extension of water and sewer services line to the San Carlos Subdivision, Phase I.  This being strip of land 15 feet in width, containing 1,976.42 square feet or 0.05 acres, more or less, over and across Lot 1, Block 2 called to contain 1.2738 acres in a plat entitled “San Carlos Subdivision, Phase I”, recorded in Volume 4, Page 34, Plat Records, Webb County, Texas; and described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B.

 

17.      2006-R-092  Authorizing the use of surplus proceeds from the City of Laredo-Public Property Finance Contractual Obligations (PPFCO), Series 2003, in the amount of $25,914.00 for the purchase of toll equipment.

 

XI.               MOTIONS

 

18.      To provide that property taxes be increased by the adoption of a tax rate of $0.637000 per $100.00 value with a Maintenance and Operation rate of $0.513745 per $100.00 value and an Interest and Sinking fund rate of $0.123255 per $100.00 value and for the levy and the collection of General and Special ad valorem taxes for the City of Laredo for Tax Year 2006 and Fiscal Year 2006-2007.

 

19.      Approving monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amounts to be adjusted for the month of August 2006, represents an increase of $4,386.69.  These adjustments are determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

20.      Consideration to award contract FY06-128 to the low bidder, Western Data Systems, San Antonio, Texas in the amount of $48,288.35 for the purchase of a Global Positioning Satellite Surveying Equipment System for the Engineering Department.  Funding is available in the department’s budget.

 

21.      Consideration to award contract number FY06-0122 to the low bidder, Hurd’s Custom Machinery, Harrisburg, OR, in the total amount of $31,000.00 for the purchase of a bomb containment transport trailer for the Police Department.  Funding is available in the Police Homeland Security grant budget.

 

22.      Consideration to award contract FY06-125 to the low bidder, Austin Wood Recycling, Cedar Park, TX., in the estimated annual amount of $82,500.00 for the grinding of wood waste material (brush, branches, pallets, etc.,) at the City landfill.  Approximately 50,000 cubic yards of material will be proposed on an annual basis.  The contract is based on a unit cost of $1.65 per cubic yard of material.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Department Fund.  

 

23.      Consideration to award contract number FY06-130 to the low bidder, Maverick Fence Company, Laredo, in the estimated amount of $319,150.00 for a 3,800 foot long metal panel fence to be constructed and installed on the east side of the landfill. Funding is available in the Solid Waste Department Fund.  

 

24.      Authorization to award a contract to Carter Burgess in the amount of $75,096.00 to provide a feasibility study with a preliminary design of the (1) one million gallon per day UNITEC Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion.  Funding is available in the 2005 Sewer Bond Issuance.

 

25.      Authorization to award a contract to CDM in the amount of $283,095.00 to provide preliminary engineering for the design of the (9) nine million gallon per day South Laredo Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion.  Funding is available in the 2005 Sewer Bond Issuance.

 

26.      Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder ALC Construction, L.L.C., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $246,408.00 for the Water and Sanitary Sewer Improvements Phase I – Piedra China Street/Texas/Milmo Avenue Area in South Laredo.  Funding is available in the Waterworks 1997 Bond and the Sewer 2003 Bond. 

 

27.      Consideration for approval of amendment no. 1 an increase of $18,325.00 to the professional services contract with Juarez Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas, for the Water and Sanitary Sewer Improvements Phase I on the Piedra China Street/Texas/Milmo Avenue Area in South Laredo Project for additional design services in providing sanitary sewer improvements on an alternate route and alignment, and surveying for utility easements.  Funding is available in the 1997 Water Bond Fund and the 2003 Sewer Bond Fund. 

 

28.      Consideration to award contract to FY06-123 to the low bidders, Nueces Power Equipment, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $518,390.00 for the purchase of five (5) backhoes, one (1) pneumatic roller, one (1) double drum roller, one (1) skid steer with attachments, five (5) equipment trailers; and Holt Caterpillar, Laredo, Texas in the amount of $241,662.00 for the purchase of two (2) wheel loaders.  This equipment is being purchased for the Public Works, Solid Waste, Parks & Recreation and Utilities Departments.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Project (CIP) and the respective city departmental budgets.

 

29.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of one voice recorder from Motorola through Houston Galveston Area Council (HGAC) Cooperative Purchasing Program for the Laredo Police Department in the amount of $43,466.00.  Funding will be cost shared by the 9-1-1 Regional Fund ($25,000.00) and the Laredo Police Department ($18,466.00).

 

30.      Approving the submission to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development of the planning document titled, “Identify, Assist and Control:  a 10-Year Plan to Eliminate Chronic Homelessness in the City of Laredo” and providing for the plan’s implementation as made possible through a collaborative community effort.

 

31.      Authorizing the City Manager to implement the following changes in order to streamline and increase efficiency in the Ambulance Collections process: 

1.      Submit application for the Section 1011 Emergency Medicine Relief for Border States where the federal government may reimburse the City for  providing ambulance services to non-residents; and

2.      Adoption of “Advance Beneficiary Notice Form” as related to non-payment of ambulance services by Medicare; and

3.      Approve the mailing of a final collection letter on behalf of our Legal Department by the current collection agency.    

 

32.      Consideration to award a contract to sole source provider, Transcore L.P., for the purchase of an additional 5,000 Automatic Vehicle Identification (AVI) tags for the Laredo Bridge System current toll collection system in an amount not to exceed $175,000.00.  Funding is available in the Bridge System Fund.

 

33.      Consideration to award a contract to sole source provider, Transcore, L.P., to upgrade twenty-one (21) lane controllers for the Laredo Bridge System current toll collection system in an amount not to exceed $75,500.00.  Funding is available in the Bridge System Fund.

 

34.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract with Lulac Council #12 for Fiscal Year 2005-2006 in the amount of $5,000.00.  This is a Third Party contract awarded in December 19, 2005 but delayed due to lack of proper documentation which was delivered in June, July, and August of 2006.  Funding is available in Hotel Motel Fund. 

 

35.      Authorizing the City Manager to write-off 2004 ambulance antiquated accounts deemed to be un-collectible.  The total amount of the write-off is $3,341,269.20.  The financial impact to the City is $0 (zero) for the fiscal year.

 

36.      Authorizing the City Manager to acquire through negotiations, the “Surface Only” of Lot 6, Block 5, Rancho Viejo I, for the widening of the existing drainage channel, in order to alleviate flooding in that area.  Said parcel is to be acquired in an amount not to exceed $140,000.00, plus incidental expenses.  This will be a voluntary transaction.  Funding is available in the Environmental Services Fund.

 

37.      Amending a contract with Crane Engineering Corporation, Laredo, Texas for $152,956.54 to undertake the construction services for the Colonias Work Order #3 which includes water distribution lines and wastewater collection lines in 7 Colonias on Highway 359.  The amendment brings the total contract amount to $456,517.28.  Funding is available in the Colonias Project Fund.

 

38.      Authorizing the City Manager to extend, by an additional two months, the performance period of the existing contract between the City of Laredo and Cambridge Systematics, Inc., in association with Alliance Transportation Group, Inc. for the performance of a hazardous cargo community risk assessment and route alternative analysis.  No additional funding is necessary.

 

39.      Ratifying the authorization of an emergency Change Order in the amount of $17,060.77 to Turbonetics Engineering for the emergency repairs of two (2) pumps located at the Jefferson Lower Plant.  Funding is available in the Water Construction Account. 

 

40.      Ratifying the emergency authorization of Larecon, L.L.C. for the repair of an 18” sewer main collapse at the corner of Village Blvd. and San Dario Ave. in the amount of $87,700.00.  Funding is available in the Wastewater Construction Fund. 

 

41.      Consideration to ratify the contract expenditures of $435,750.00 for contract FY05-123 awarded to Montemayor Construction, Laredo, Texas, for the actual quantities required by the Utilities Department for emergency asphalt repairs in the total amount of $490,000.00.  These services were needed by the Utilities Department for repairing water and sewer line breaks.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department Funds.

 

 

XII.             STAFF REPORTS

 

42.       

 

 

A.                 Presentation by First Transit on El Metro Comprehensive Operational Analysis.

 

B.                 Presentation by  Mario Medina, of the Texas Department of Transportation, on upcoming and ongoing transportation projects.

 

C.                Presentation by Alliance Transportation Group on the findings and recommendations of a traffic circulation study in the downtown area for the International Bridge 1 "El Portal Project" with possible action.

 

XIII.           GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

43.       

a.       

A.                 Request by Mayor Raul G. Salinas

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding the continued blockage by the train at various intersections in west Laredo.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Juan Chavez.)

 

B.                 Request by Council Member Mike Garza

1.           Discussion with possible action on participating in the Inclusive Communities Program.

 

C.                Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

1.           Discussion with possible action to address the flooding at the west end of Belmont Plaza subdivision.

2.           Discussion with possible action to move a project into the 2007 CIP listing to replace water lines and repave Retama Subdivision.

 

D.                Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

1.           Discussion with possible action on installation of street light on the 400 & 500 block of Merlin Drive, and appropriating funds from District VI discretionary funds.

2.           Discussion with possible action on the status of the traffic light at Winfield and Alexander Estates.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Johnny Rendon)

 

E.                 Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Juan Ramirez

1.           Discussion with possible action on the burglaries that occurred on the 1900 block of Matamoros and the 1900 block of Farragut.

2.           Discussion with possible action on improving street lights on intersection of San Jorge and Sanchez Streets.

3.           Discussion with possible action on removing taxi stands on Hidalgo and Salinas streets.

4.           Requesting that the Transportation and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee on removing taxi stands from public right of ways in the downtown area, with possible action.

 

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.

 

44.      Request for executive session pursuant to V.T.C.A. Government Code Section 551.071 (2) to consult with the City Attorney to obtain legal advice regarding the proposed retail lease agreement for the Bridge of the Americas Project between the City of Laredo and Khaledi Bridge of the Americas, LTD., and pursuant to V.T.C.A., Government Code Section 551.072 to deliberate the subject lease because deliberation in open session would have a detrimental effect on the position of the City.  Return to open session for discussion and possible action on the same.

 

45.      Request for executive session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071 (1) (B) to consult with the Tax Attorney representing the City of Laredo and consider a settlement offer regarding pending litigation:  Cause No. 2006TXA00002-D1, the City of Laredo vs Rosa Quiroz in the 49th Judicial District of Webb County, Texas, and return to open session for possible action.

 

 

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

 

 

46.      Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Design Group International, Laredo, Texas, for the Re-Roofing Project at the Jose Flores Apartment (25 Duplexes Complex) and approval to award an engineering contract for an amount of $34,200.00 for design and preparation of plans and specifications.  Funding is available in the Municipal Housing Corporation Fund.   

 

 

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

                       

47.      Consideration to award contract number FY06-132 for the purchase of natural gas for El Metro’s compressed natural gas (CNG) facility.  The term of the contract is for three (3) years, subject to appropriation in future fiscal years.  Funding is available in the El Metro-Operations Fund.

 

48.      Consideration to award contract (FY06-107) to the low bidder, C.W. Tenorio Security, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $78,624.00 for providing security guard services for the Transit Center and Maintenance Facility.  Funding is available in the El Metro Operations and Transit Center funds.

 

49.      Authorizing the City Manager to adjust the number of El Metro bus weekly service hours from 326 to 278 on route #1, Santa Maria, effective September 25, 2006, by transferring 40 service hours to route #6, Cedar; thereby increasing the number of weekly service hours to 96 to 136; and leaving eight (8) hours available to meet future high demands on other bus routes on an as needed basis.

 

50.      2006-RT-003   Authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute the Texas Department of Transportation Grant No. 51722F7052 in the amount of $634,934.00 from the State Public Transportation Funds for transit operating assistance.      

 

XVII.       RECESS AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD AND RECONVENE AND ADJOURN AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL

 

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, September 13, 2006 at 7:00 p.m.

                                                                       

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary