CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2006-R-20

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

OCTOBER 16, 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

Approval of the minutes of July 3, 2006, July 10, 2006 and July 17, 2006.

 

V.                 COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

a.      Announcing Dia del Rio, October 21, 2006 and Make a Difference Day, October 28, 2006, activities for the City of Laredo and Keep Laredo Beautiful in conjunction with the Rio Grande International Study Center and Lamar Bruni Vergara Science Center.

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

a.      Recognition of 10-year old Anthony Palacios, a J.Z. Leyendecker Elementary School student, for his athleticism and outstanding boxing record with Davalos Boxing Club that includes a total of 15 bouts in 2005-2006 with an 11-4 record.

 

b.      Recognition of Margaret Garza for attaining the title of Ms. Texas Belleza Latina this past September 3, 2006 in McAllen.

 

c.      Recognition of Christina Fracchia with the City of Laredo Non-Profit and Volunteer Center on her selection as the exclusive representative for the Laredo TXDOT District of the Adopt A Highway Program.

 

d.      Recognizing the men and women of the Laredo Police Department for their prompt and controlled response to the Target Store incident.

 

e.      Recognition of Javier Muñoz, of the Parks and Recreation Department, on his selection as September 2006 Employee of the Month.

 

Communiqués

 

VI.               APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

a.      Appointment by Council Member Mike Garza of Joe Martinez to the Telecommunications Commission, replacing Albert Blanco.

 

b.      Appointment by Council Member Hector J. Garcia of:

i.   Rene Gonzalez to the Third Party Funding Advisory Committee.

ii.  Mercurio Martinez, III, to the Board of Adjustments Committee.

 

VII.             PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 4.37 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located north of Lomas del Sur Boulevard and East of Business 83, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.  (District I)

 

2.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 5, Block 493, Eastern Division, located at 4404 Marcella Avenue, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.  (District V)                                                            

 

3.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 8.15 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit "A", located south of Hwy 359 East of Rita Road, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.  (District II)

 

4.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 4.72 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located on the east side future Ejido Avenue north of Lomas del Sur Blvd., from R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.   (District I)                          

 

5.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 3, Block 20, Calton Gardens Subdivision, located at 5009 San Francisco Avenue, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the zone change.  (District V)     

                                

6.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning the mid 1/3 of Lots 1 and 3, Block 443, Western Division, located at 1802 Santa Maria Avenue, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District).   The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the zone change.  (District VIII)

 

7.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a nationalization of vehicles enterprise on Lots 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9, Block 605, Western Division, located at 2619 San Dario Avenue.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the Conditional Use Permit.  (District IV)

 

8.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a home occupation trophy business on Lot 402, Block 20, Hillside Terrace Subdivision Unit V, located at 109 Kansas Street.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.  (District V)         

                                        

9.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a bus terminal on Lots 6 and 7, Block 176, Western Division, located at 1020 Santa Ursula Avenue, Suites 3 and 4.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the Conditional Use Permit.  (District VIII)

 

10.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning .509 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached “Exhibit A”, located at 4819 San Bernardo Avenue, from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.  (District VII)

 

11.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 3, 4 and 10-16, Block 2130, Lots 12-16, Block 2131, Lots 1-7 & 10-16, Block 2134, all of Block 2135, all of Block 2136, all of Block 2137 and 4.38 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit "A", located at the South termination of Gates Street and Loring Avenue, from AG (Agricultural District), R-2 (Multi-family Residential District), R-3 (Mixed Residential District) and B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.  (District III)

 

12.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept a direct aid grant from the Texas State Library Loan Star Libraries Program in the amount of $14,736.00 for new computers and equipment and amending the City of Laredo FY 2006-2007 Annual Budget to reflect revenues in the amount of $960.00 and expenditures in the amount of $2,236.00.

 

13.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Ordinance No. 2006-O-185, dated August 28, 2006, which authorized the City Manager to accept a $5,000.00 donation from AT&T and amending 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.

 

14.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Ordinance No. 2006-O-209, dated September 5, 2006, which authorized the City Manager to accept a $3,000.00 donation from Paul Young Properties, LTD, and amending the City of Laredo’s 2006 Certificate of Obligation Bond Fund by appropriating 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.

 

15.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Code of Ordinance of the City of Laredo, Chapter 2, Article V. Boards, Commissions, Councils, etc., Division 4. Convention & Visitors Bureau Advisory Board, Sec. 2-227. Meetings, by amending Sections F and G, to address member absences.

 

16.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2006-2007 annual budget by appropriating expenditures in the amount of $546,000.00 in the Laredo Police Department Trust Fund.  Funding will be used to purchase operational materials and supplies and capital outlay equipment.  Items include computer support equipment and other needed items.  Funding is available in Police Trust Fund opening balance.

 

17.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance designating as a one-way eastbound three (3) block section of Zaragoza Street, between Convent Avenue and Santa Maria Avenue, as  a one-way southbound that two (2) block section of Santa Maria Avenue, between Grant Street and Water Street, as a one-way northbound; that one (1) block section of Convent Avenue, between Zaragoza Street and Grant Street and as a one-way westbound; that five (5) block section of Grant Avenue, between Convent Avenue and Main Avenue, providing for the installation of appropriate signs to indicate one-way traffic in the designated directions; and providing for publication and an effective date.

 

18.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 32, Vehicles for Hire, Article II, Taxicabs, Division 6, Fares, Section 32-69.1, Fares Generally of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo, to increase the taxicab fares, and providing for severability and an effective date.

 

19.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2006-2007 annual budget for the South Texas Regional 9-1-1 System Fund by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $157,476.00.  The Commission on State Emergency Communications provided a subsequent allocation to the South Texas Region for the period of September 1, 2006 through August 31, 2007.

 

20.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2006-2007 annual budget by appropriating $247,582.00 in additional revenues and accepting a grant from the Texas Department of State Health Services in the estimated amount of $3,761,058.00 for the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program for the City of Laredo Health Department beginning October 1, 2006 through September 30, 2007; and amending the FY 2006-07 Full Time Equivalent Positions by .5. 

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

VIII.           INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

21.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with M & M Air Cargo and Delivery Service, Inc. for approximately 11,988 square feet constituting Sections 2 and 3 and Building No. 170 located at 5103 Maher Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for five (5) years commencing on May 1, 2006 and ending on April 30, 2011.  Monthly rent shall be $5,275.00 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

22.      Authorizing the City Manager to grant a Right-of-Entry to the United States of America in the area encompassed by the following City-owned Blocks, for use as a work area for environmental exploration and survey, Southward and Eastward up to Tilden Avenue, including any public right-of-way abutting said blocks and any river vega land. Said Blocks being delineated on attached copy of City Plat: all of Blocks 015, 016, 017, 018, 019, 57, & 58, Eastern Division, City of Laredo and all of Blocks 414, 415, 416, 425, 612, 629, 630, 644, 645, 658, 659, 666, 672, 673, 674, 675, 676, 677, & 680, Western Division, City of Laredo. Said Right-of-Entry being described on attached Exhibit 1; and providing for an effective date.

 

23.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with UETA of Texas, Inc. Hollywood, Florida for the lease of a parking lot located on a tract of approximately 82,823 sq. ft. of vega land bounded by Main Avenue, Ventura Street, River Road and Santa Cleotilde Avenue currently known as the Rio Grande Plaza Hotel parking lot.  UETA of Texas, Inc. has proposed to lease from the city this tract of land at a yearly rate of $52,000.00.  The initial term of this lease contract shall be for a period of twenty years with an option to renew for one additional ten year period.  A market analysis will be conducted every five years to determine the fair market of this property and lease will be negotiated every five years.

 

24.      Reappointing Edward F. Maddox and Juan B. Caballero as Associate Municipal Court Judges for the City of Laredo for a two (2) year term; as per Article V, Section 5.02 of the Charter of the City of Laredo, providing for severability and an effective date.

 

25.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute Outgrant Lease No. DTFASW-06-L00171 between the United States of America, as Lessor, and the City of Laredo, as Lessee, for the purpose of leasing the Air Traffic Control Tower Building and all equipment, fixtures and appurtenances located at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for five (5) years commencing on April 1, 2005, and ending on March 31, 2010.  Rent shall be $1.00.

 

26.      Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances, Chapter 2-Administration, Article I-In General, Section 2-5 City Council meetings by following the City Charter regarding meeting frequency; deleting agenda format, authorizing the Mayor to determine agenda format for Special City Council meetings, workshops, Strategic Planning Sessions and training sessions; providing for severability; repeal all laws in conflict, and providing for an effective date.

 

IX.               FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

27.       

2006-O-234      Amending Chapter 7 of the Code of Ordinance as follows: 

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

2)     Adopting the 2006 edition of the International Mechanical Code, by amending Section 7-4; and

3)     Adopting the 2006 Edition of the International Residential Code by amending Section 7-7; and

4)     Adopting the 2006 Edition of the International Property Maintenance Code by adding new Section 7-8; and

5)     Adopting the International Energy Conservation Code by adding new Section 7-9; and

6)     Adopting the 2006 Edition of the International Existing Building Code, by adding new Section 7-10; and

7)     Increasing the re-inspection fee from twenty dollars ($20.00) to fifty dollars ($50.00) and providing for publication and an effective date.  (As amended)

 

2006-O-235       Amending Chapter 25 [Plumbing] of the Code of Ordinance as follows:

1)     Amending Section 25-3 to adopt the 2006 edition as 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 ($20.00) to fifty dollars ($50.00); and providing for publication and an effective date.  (As amended)

 

2006-O-243      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.

 

2006-O-244      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.

 

2006-O-245      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.  

 

2006-O-246      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.

 

2006-O-247      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.  (As amended)

                                                                   

2006-O-248      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.

 

2006-O-249      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.

 

2006-O-250      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

 

2006-O-251      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.                   

 

2006-O-252      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.

 

2006-O-253      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.

 

2006-O-254      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.

 

2006-O-255      Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2007 General Obligation Debt Service Fund along with the Water and Sewer System Fund Budgets by drawing down $1,658,200 from General Obligation Debt Service Fund and transferring out $1,167,200.00 and $491,000.00 to Water and Sewer System Funds respectively.  These funds will be appropriated and transferred in from General Obligation Debt Service in Water and Sewer System Funds for the acquisition of automotive, machinery and equipment.   

 

2006-O-256      Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2007 General Fund along with the Contractual Obligation Fund by drawing down $640,000.00 from the opening fund balance and transferring out to the Contractual Obligation Fund.  These funds will be appropriated and transferred in from General Fund to the Contractual Obligation Fund for the acquisition of two (2) ambulances, one (1) fire engine and fifty (50) AR-15 rifles for the Fire and Police Departments respectively.

 

2006-O-257      Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey a 2,652.66 square foot easement to AEP Texas Central Company to install underground utility lines to serve the City of Laredo Seven Flags Park.  Said 2,652.66 square foot easement being out of Lot Nos. 2, 3, 4 & 5, Block No. 239, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; as described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits A and B; and providing for an effective date.


 

X.                 RESOLUTIONS

 

28.      2006-R-091     A resolution honoring the City of Laredo’s Fire Department radio technician and shop foreman Oscar Jaime “Jimmy” Rodriguez for his dedicated years of service to the community; and for being a model citizen in the City of Laredo as a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle, grandfather and man that was cherished by all who knew him and who will be missed.

 

29.      2006-R-095     Authorizing the City Manager to execute Grant Agreement CSJ No. M722LREDO with the Texas Department of Transportation under the Routine Airport Maintenance Program in the amount of $50,000.00 for the purpose of airside and landside maintenance at the Laredo International Airport.  The City’s fifty percent (50%) local match for this project in the amount of $50,000.00 is available in the Airport Operations and Airport Construction Fund.

 

30.      2006-R-098     Affirming the City of Laredo’s commitment to promote inclusion of all community citizens by joining the National League of Cities, “Partnership for Working Towards Inclusive Communities” by recognizing inclusion as a fundamental aspect of the community, pledging active efforts to achieve this goal; and urging all citizens of Laredo to join together to support this effort.

 

31.      2006-R-100     Accepting the donation of the “Surface Only” of one parcel of land from Most Reverend James A. Tamayo, as Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Laredo, Texas, for the widening of Bartlett Avenue from Sandman Street to Hillside Road. Said parcel being a 25-foot by 25-foot corner clip containing 312.50 square feet or 0.007 acres, more or less, out of Block 16, Laredo Airport Subdivision, recorded in Volume 5, Page 1, Plat Records, Webb County, Texas; and described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits A and B.

 

32.      2006-R-101     Declaring the public necessity to acquire the “Surface Only” of one parcel of land for the construction of a convention center. Said parcel consisting of all of Blocks 394 and 401, including that property previously known as Ventura Street between Santa Rita and Santa Cleotilde Avenues, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; as delineated on attached copy of City Plat; and authorizing staff to negotiate with the owner for the acquisition of said parcel by purchase at a market value as established by a State Certified Real Estate Appraiser, and further authorizing the City Attorney to initiate condemnation proceedings to acquire said parcel if staff is unable to acquire due to the inability to agree to a purchase price, conflict of ownership, owner refusal to sell, and/or inability to locate the listed owner.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund.

 

33.      2006-R-102     Accepting a grant awarded by the Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance, in the amount of $80,977.00  for the 2006-2007 Justice Assistance Grant. The Office of Justice Programs is contributing the full grant amount of $80,977.00 with no match amount obligated to the City of Laredo.  The City of Laredo and Webb County will each receive $40,488.50.  The City of Laredo will utilize this funding for the purchase of equipment for Homeland Security purposes by the Laredo Police Department for the period of October 01, 2005 through September 30, 2009

 

XI.               MOTIONS

 

34.      Authorizing the City Manager to acquire through negotiations, the “Surface Only” of a 0.28 (12,012 square feet) acre, more or less, parcel of land for the Flecha Lane Drainage Improvements Project.  Said parcel being situated in Porcion 22, Abstract 277, out of the 15 acre Perez Tract recorded in Volume 207, Pages 278-282 of the Webb County Deed Records, to be acquired in an amount not to exceed $5,285.00, plus incidental expenses.  This will be a voluntary transaction.  Funding is available in the 2005 C. O. Bond. 

 

35.      Authorizing the City Manager to approve Amendment No.1 in the amount of $72,000.00 for professional engineering services to Carter & Burgess, Inc. for the design of Phase II of the pump repair project at the Jefferson WTP Raw Water Pumphouse #2.  Funding is available in the Utilities 2004 B Revenue Bond. 

 

36.      Authorizing the City Manager to award a professional engineering services contract to LNV Engineering of Corpus Christi, Texas in the amount of $64,700.00 for the design of the construction repair of Primary Clarifier No. 2 of the Jefferson Street Water Treatment Plant. Funding is available in the Utilities 2006 Revenue Bond, clarifier repair unit 2.

 

37.      Amending the federal and state legislative agendas to include support for more programs for people with special needs; continuation of Commodity Supplemental Food Program for Elderly; and preservation of city authority and compensation for use of rights-of-way.

 

38.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a professional services renewal contract with Carlos J. Romero, D.D.S., in the amount of up to $40,000, to provide public health services to clients of the Dental Clinic of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning October 1, 2006, through September 30, 2007.  Funds to be utilized are from the Texas Department of State Health Services Title V-Dental budget.

 

39.      Consideration to exercise the renewal option for contract number FY06-003 awarded to the sole bidder, Delta House Electric, Freer, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $180,000.00 for providing electric motor repair services for the Utilities Department.  All repair work will be secured on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department Fund.

 

40.      Consideration to award contract number FY06-130, to the low bidders, National Waterworks Inc., San Antonio, Texas, in the estimated amount of $207,828.94; Titan Pipe and Supply, Pharr, Texas, in the estimated amount of $113,033.50; and Ferguson Waterworks, McAllen, Texas in the estimated amount of $40,555.00; for the purchase of mechanical joint fittings, valve boxes and pipe tubing for the Utilities Department.  Staff is requesting authorization to request price quotes as needed for the purchase of copper pipe from National Waterworks and Ferguson Waterworks due to the fluctuating price of this commodity.  These materials are purchased on an as needed basis by the Utilities Department - Water Operations for construction and repair projects.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department budget.

 

41.      Consideration for approval to award a professional services contract to Porras Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $118,300.00 for design and preparation of plans and specifications for the Springfield Avenue North extension.  Funding is available in 2006 Bond Issue.

 

42.      Approval of a contract with Miller & Van Eaton, P.L.L.C., to advise the City on telecommunications and cable issues and transactions as requested by the City of Laredo.  The contract term for this engagement is two (2) years beginning October 1, 2006 and ending September 30, 2008; not to exceed $50,000.00 per fiscal year. Funding is available in the ITSS department budget and Fiscal Year 2008 funds are subject to availability. 

 

43.      Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract with Catholic Social Services of Laredo, Inc. (CSSL) in the amount of $45,135.00 to administer the City’s Fiscal Year 2006-2007 General Welfare Assistance Program through which rental, utility, transportation, and health care assistance is provided to indigent individuals and families residing in the community.  The contract would cover expenditures for the period for October 1, 2006 through September 30, 2007.  Up to $40,622.00 of the General Welfare funds would be designated for the assistance of indigent individuals and families of low income, while $4,513.00 (approx. 10%) will be allocated to cover administrative expenses to include:  overhead, wages and office supply costs incurred by Catholic Social Services.

 

44.      Consideration to authorize the City Manager to execute a contract with Laredo Morning Times (LMT) who will design, produce, sell advertising and print the 2007 Laredo / Nuevo Laredo Official Visitors Guide. LMT 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.

 

45.      Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into a contract with Viacom Outdoor Mexico to cover billboard advertisements for the Laredo Convention & Visitors Bureau through September 30, 2007. The total cost shall not exceed $55,000.00. Funding is available in the Laredo Convention & Visitors Bureau Marketing Division budget, Billboard Advertising Line, Mexico Project.

 

46.      Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into a contract with Ediciones del Norte to cover advertisements for the Laredo Convention & Visitors Bureau through September 30, 2007. The total cost shall not exceed $55,000.00. Funding is available in the Laredo Convention & Visitors Bureau Marketing Division, Print Advertising Line, Mexico Project.

 

47.      Authorizing the City Manager to initiate a vehicle allowance for the Mayor’s Position in an amount not to exceed $1,200 monthly.   Funding is available in the General Fund.

 

48.      Consideration for approval of change order no. 1 an increase of $118,823.00 for increase in scope of work due to unforeseen conditions to the construction contract with LEH Contractors, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, for the Los Obispos Unit-5 Remediation Project, Phase II.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Project Fund-Los Obispos Housing Project as previously appropriated thru a budget amendment (Ordinance No. 2006-O-130) approved by City Council on June 19, 2006.

 

49.      Consideration for approval of amendment no. 1 to increase the amount of $264,000.00 for the professional services contract with Architectura SA, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, for the City of Laredo Health Department Facility for renovation of the clinic, office and laboratory space of the Health Complex that includes renovation, expansion and retrofit of approximately 12,000 square feet of the cedar complex.  Funding is available in the issued 2006 CO and $750,000 is also being provided through the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) contract for the laboratory renovation portion.   

 

50.      Consideration for approval of the contract extension of consultant Drash Consulting Engineers, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the asbestos containing building materials investigations for commercial and residential structures city-wide for Fiscal Year 2007 and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract for each respective project.  Funding is available from each project account.

 

51.      Consideration to exercise the renewal option for an additional six (6) months period of contract number FY06-051 to Dr. Ike’s Home Centers, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $25,000.00 for the purchase of Portland cement and concrete mix sacks.  These materials will be purchased on an as needed basis by the Utilities, Public Works and Parks and Recreation Departments for construction and repair projects.  Funding is available in the respective departmental budgets.

 

52.      Consideration to award contract FY07-001 to the low bidder, Gutierrez Machine Shop, Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $65,000.00 for professional welding services for the Utilities Department.  The contract takes into account the following hourly pay rates:  regular, overtime, holiday, service call, and the cost of materials.  All services will be on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the department’s budget.

 

53.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of computers through the State of Texas-Department of Information Resources (DIR) cooperative purchase contracts, for City departments.  The estimated budget allocation for Fiscal Year 2007 is $472,000.00.  Funding is available in the respective department budgets.

 

54.      Consideration to authorize the City Manager to purchase laboratory equipment needed by the City of Laredo Health Department in the amount of $76,564.00 from the BioMerieux Industry and Dupont Qualicon, sole vendors for this equipment.  Funding is available in the Health Department’s Office of Border Health Lab budget.

 

55.      Consideration to authorize the budgets for three (3) counties in the South Texas 9-1-1 Region for providing 9-1-1 Database Maintenance Services as follows; Jim Hogg County $16,180.00, Starr County $36,803.00, and Zapata $26,480.00 for a total amount of $79,463.00.  Funding is available in the 9-1-1 Regional Fund.

 

56.      Consideration to amend the City Council action of June 5, 2006 to authorize staff to bid CDBG Sidewalks City-Wide Project No. 33 (five (5) Blocks-District V and ten (10) Blocks-District VII) per plans and specifications designed by Puig Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas.  This project had been originally assigned to Public Works Department.  Funding is available in Community Development Fund-31st Action Year 2005 Grant.   

 

57.      Consideration to exercise the renewal option for contract FY06-092 awarded to the low bidders, Hollon Oil Company, Weslaco, Texas, in the estimated amount of $20,000.00 and Arguindegui Oil Company, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $6,000.00 for the purchase of lubricants for the Fleet Maintenance Division.  The bid pricing will be for a three month period and all items to be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in Fleet Maintenance Fund.

 

58.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of one pothole patcher truck in the total amount of $106,863.00, through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (H-GAC) cooperative purchasing program’s contract pricing.  A 2006 GMC cab and chassis will be purchased from Rush Truck Center, Houston, Texas in the total amount of $55,258.00 and the pothole patcher unit will be purchased from Bergkamp Inc., Waco, Texas in the total amount of $50,605.00.  Funding for this equipment will be available in the Utilities Department budget contingent on the approval of Ordinance 2006-O-255.  

 

59.      Authorizing the City Manager to amend the Grant agreement dated October 19, 2003 between the U.S. Department of Transportation and the City of Laredo, Texas, under the Small Community Air Service Development Program by extending the grant termination date by six (6) months from October 19, 2006 to April 19, 2007.

 

60.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of one (1) fifty 50 foot (TeleSqurt) apparatus pumper truck, one (1) custom rescue fire pumper truck, and two (2) ambulances in the total amount of $1,122,397.00 from American LaFrance Gulf Coast, Houston, Texas, through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) cooperative purchasing program’s contract pricing.  Funding for this equipment will be available from 2006 PPFCO funds and from 32nd Action Year Community Development Block Grant funds.

 

61.      Authorizing the City Manager to enter into 4 contracts awarding a total of $155,868.00 of 2006 Emergency Shelter Grant funds (ESG) made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as follows:  (1)  $61,868.00 to the Laredo Homeless Coalition (LHC) for operation of the Guadalupe and Lila Martinez Resource Center; (2) $37,500.00 to LHC to provide essential resources; and (3) $31,500.00 to Casa de Misericordia (Casa) for operation of the shelter, and (4) $25,000.00 to Bethany House for Homeless Prevention assistance.

 

62.      Authorizing the selection of a consultant and authorizing City Manager to enter into negotiations with the selected consultant for PS&E for the initial phases of deployment for the City of Laredo Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Master Plan.  $1.75 million (Federal Surface Transportation funds) is available for the project.  

 

 

XII.             STAFF REPORTS

 

63.       

 

A.                 Presentation by Butch Gaut of First Transit on El Metro’s Comprehensive Operational Analysis

 

B.                 A presentation by Solid Waste Services Director, Oscar J. Medina on a revised branch, lawn clipping and blue bag recycling pick up service schedule, with possible action.

 

C.                Presentation by Andrea Thomas of National Service Research on the City of Laredo’s Citizens Survey results conducted during the months of July and August 2006.

 

XIII.           GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

64.       

a.       

A.                 Request by Council Member Mike Garza

1.           Discussion with possible action on differential pay for military personnel on active duty, including "Operation Jump Start."

 

2.           Discussion with possible action on the naming of City facilities.

 

3.           Discussion with possible action on amending the City’s No Smoking in Public Places Ordinance.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Johnny Amaya)

 

B.                 Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

1.           Discussion with possible action to allocate $45,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds, previously allocated for the acquisition of property in City Council District IV, to be used to fund sidewalks, speed humps and the purchase and installation of sunshades at various parks.

 

2.           Discussion with possible action on the installation of speed humps on the 3400 block of Buenavista from Saunders to Bartlett; on McClelland from San Jose to Plum; on the 1800 block of San Jose from McPherson to McClelland; and appropriating $18,000.00 from District IV discretionary funds.

 

C.                Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

1.           Status report of the Gale Street bridge, with possible action.

 

D.                Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

1.           Discussion with possible action on securing funding for the San Isidro/McPherson traffic light.

 

2.           Discussion with possible action on the installation of a speed humps on the 400 & 500 blocks of Merlin Drive, and appropriating funds from District VI discretionary funds.

 

3.           Discussion with possible action on elevating the Park Dedication Ordinance Sub-Committee from Planning and Zoning to a City Council Ad Hoc Committee, with City Council reappointing its current membership.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Dr. Michael Landeck)

 

E.                 Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Juan Ramirez

1.           Discussion with possible action on recent code enforcement action regarding abandoned buildings located downtown.

 

2.           Discussion with possible action on allowing vendors to resubmit bids for the available sites located at following intersections:  Grant and Salinas; Farragut and Flores; Convent and Iturbide; Lincoln and Convent; Hidalgo and Convent; Zaragoza and Convent; Salinas and Lincoln; Santa Maria and Zaragoza; and Flores and Hidalgo.

 

3.           Status report on the El Portal Project.

 

4.           Discussion with possible action regarding juvenile delinquency in our community.

 

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.

 

65.      Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072 in order to deliberate on the value of, and possible exchange of an approximate 88.6913 acre tract of non-aeronautical use real property located along the east side of Bob Bullock Loop across from airport passenger terminal at the Laredo International Airport, because deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of City Council in negotiations with third person; and return to open session for possible action.

 

66.      Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code, Section 551.074 to evaluate the performance and pay of the City Manager and return to open session for possible action.

 

XV.           RECESS AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

                       

67.      Consideration to award a contract to the sole source provider, Trapeze Software Group, Inc., in the amount of $69,350.00 for the purchase of a fixed route scheduling software.  Funding is available in Transit System Capital Grants Fund-Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Grant X438.

 

68.      Consideration to award contract (FY 06-107) to the low bidder, C. W. Tenorio Security, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated annual 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.

 

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 posted on Wednesday, October 11, 2006 at 8:30 p.m.

                                                                       

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary