CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2006-R-21

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

NOVEMBER 6, 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 July 19, 2006July 24, 2006 and July 31, 2006.

 

V.                 COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

a.      Presentation by Jessie and Gary Jacobs of $5,000.00 to the City of Laredo Commission for Women for continued year-long programming.

 

Invitations

a.      Announcing the "Feast of Sharing" by Bertha Mena, FOS Chair, and Arnold Davis, Co-Chair, of HEB scheduled for Sunday, November 19, 2006, at the Laredo Civic Center from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.    

 

Recognitions

a.      Honoring and witnessing Angela Achartea’s noble contribution of her hair for the benefit and use of cancer patients.

 

Communiqués

 

VI.               APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

a.      Creating and naming members to a Blue Ribbon Committee for International Trade comprised of representatives from both sides of the border. 

Rafael Garcia, Assistant City Manager, as Staff Liaison

1)  Eduardo Garza, UniTrade

2)  Dr. Hector Farias

3)  Mr. Pablo Garza

4)  Glafiro Salinas

5)  Salvador Rosas

6)  Hemergildo Gonzalez

7)  Felix Canales

8)  Jose A. Valdez

 

b.      Creating and naming the members to a Blue Ribbon Committee to address local public health issues comprised of medical professionals and concerned citizens. 

Dr. Hector Gonzalez, Health Department Director, as Staff Liaison

1)     Dr. Ralph Nimchan

2)     Dr. Arturo Garza-Gongora

3)     Dr. Gladys Keene

4)     Elmo Lopez, CEO, Doctor’s Hospital

5)     Abe Martinez, CEO, Laredo Medical Center

6)     Gilda Villarreal, RN, Doctor’s Hospital

7)     Dr. Susan Walker, TAMIU

8)     Dr. Reynaldo Godines, Alternate

 

c.      Appointment by Council Member Johnny Amaya of Mireya Menchaca to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee.

 

VII.             PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.          Individual public hearing for the voluntary annexation of seven (7) tracts of land (Tract 1: U.I.S.D. Tract– 33.19 acres, more or less; Tract 2: Tanquecitos Tract– 52.94 acres, more or less; Tract 3: Alarcon Tract – 1.85 acres, more or less; Tract 4: Hurd Tract – 21.09 acres, more or less; Tract 5: 4 V Holding Tract – 44.53 acres, more or less; Tract 6: Key Energy Tract – 2.45 acres, more or less; Tract 7: Gutierrez/Izaguirre Tract – 7.71 acres, more or less), for a total of 163.76 acres, more or less, as described in the attached tract summaries, as required by Section 43.063 of the Texas Local Government Code.

 

2.          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)

 

3.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 4.91 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located on the south side of Lomas del Sur Boulevard and west of future Ejido Avenue, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-1 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.  (District I)

 

4.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning of 6.15 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located south of Lomas del Sur Boulevard and west of future Ejido Avenue, from AG (Agricultural District) and R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District ) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.  (District I)

 

5.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 24, Article IV, effects of districts and general regulations section 24-63.2: permitted land uses of the Laredo Land Development Code, to designate an adult day care center as an allowable land use in a B-4. (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  (All) 

 

6.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 24, Article IV, Supplementary Zoning District Regulations Section 24-65.14: B-4 Highway Commercial District, Paragraph (16) Amusement Redemption Machine Establishment Provisions, Subparagraphs (a) (4) and (c), of The Laredo Land Development Code, by deleting Subparagraphs (a)(4), which establishes location requirements of one thousand (1000) feet of another Amusement Redemption Machine Facility, and amending (c), which establishes measurement  criteria for Amusement Redemption Machine Establishment, providing for publication and effective date. 

 

7.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance providing for the adoption of a limitation on the total amount of taxes that may be imposed by the City on the residence homestead of a disabled individual or an individual 65 years of age or older pursuant to Section 1-b (h), Article VIII, Texas Constitution and in accordance with Subtitle C, Chapter 11, Section 11.261 of the Texas Property Tax Code.  Once approved the City of Laredo may not repeal or rescind this limitation.

 

8.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute Interlocal Cooperation Contract with the Texas Department of Public Safety and adopting Chapter 706 Transportation Code “Denial of Renewal of License for Failure to Appear” and authorizing the collection of $30.00 administrative fee per case reported as per Section 706.006 Transportation Code, and amending the Code of Ordinances, Chapter 20, Section 20-37, by adding Subsection (k) and providing for severability, publication and an effective date.

 

9.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2006-2007 General Fund by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $144,235.00 for the lease purchase financing of necessary cardio and strength equipment for the recreation centers and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.  Funding for the lease will be contingent on funding availability for the current and subsequent three fiscal years.

 

10.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Waterworks Fund by drawing down $100,000.00 from the Waterworks opening balance and appropriating the $100,000.00 to Utility Billing Division.  These funds will be used for the acquisition of meter reading hardware/software equipment.

 

11.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Airport Construction Fund revenues and expenditures by recognizing the Texas Department of Transportation Routine Airfield Maintenance Program (RAMP) Grant for $50,000.00, transferring out $20,000.00 from the Airport Operating Fund and increasing the RAMP Grant expense account by $40,000.00.  Funding is available in Airport Construction Fund 2007 RAMP Grant, providing for an effective date.

 

12.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept payment in the amount of $30,939.28 on behalf of KLLM, Inc, as settlement arising from accident at US 59 and Springfield that resulted in damages to City property and to amend the City of Laredo FY 2006-2007 Traffic Signal Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures for the purchase of replacement equipment and materials utilized at this intersection and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

 

13.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2006-2007 annual budget by reducing the amount by $43,980.00 to reflect the actual amount of $56,917.00 from the South Texas Development Council for the HIV/AIDS Health and Social Services Project of the City of Laredo Health Department for a seven (7) month term beginning September 1, 2006 through March 31, 2007.

 

14.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to enter into agreement with the Drug Enforcement Administration in the amount of $15,573.00 and amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Annual Budget by $429.00.  The agreement’s purpose is to reimburse costs for overtime incurred by the Laredo Police Department in providing resources for OCDETF (Organized Drug Enforcement Task Forces).  The term of this agreement is for October 1, 2006 through September 30, 2007.

 

15.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Contractual Obligation Fund by appropriating $30,000.00 from a trade-in of fire equipment and appropriating the same increase funding for Fire Department equipment.

 

16.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas, Public Property Finance Contractual Obligations, Series 2006, in the principal amount of $3,680,000, for the purchase of police department fire suppression system equipment for computer/dispatch radio room, police cars, cameras and radios for patrol cars, police cameras, police weapons, computer hardware and related software for fire department, fire trucks, trailers, cars, vans, ambulances for EMS, heart monitors for generators, municipal department trucks, vehicles, backhoes, street sweepers, trailers, street striper equipment, signal solar powered message display, movable filing system, computer related hardware and software for city departments and animal cages; authorizing amendment to City’s budget to appropriate such proceeds for purposes authorized herein; approving sale of contractual obligations; authorizing the execution of a private placement letter; and ordaining other matters relating to the subject.

 

17.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinance as follows: Chapter 2, Article II, Division 3, Section 2-61(a) Military Leave, Subsection (3) to include those employees that have been called for active duty locally for the purpose of the border/security operations also known as Operation Jump Start.

 

18.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 14, Garbage, Trash and Refuse Article II, rates for garbage and refuse collection and landfill operations, Section 14-9, Rates, of the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances by changing Section (a) to increase the garbage collection fee to nine dollars ($9.00) per month as passed by motion of City Council at the August 8th budget workshops, and to change section (3) to add inter-local agreements and to stipulate a fee of thirty dollars ($30.00) per ton for residential garbage; to change Section (I) to modify the landfill days of operation to be closed Sundays; and to provide for effective date sixty (60) days from date of introduction and publication one (1) time in a newspaper of general circulation in Laredo, Texas.

 

 (Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

VIII.           INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

19.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Estoppel Certificate and Lessor’s Approval of Assignment of the lease agreement approved by Ordinance No. 2001-O-042 dated February 20, 2001, as amended between the City of Laredo, as Lessor, and FedLaredo Partnership, L.P., a Pennsylvania limited partnership.  Said lease agreement is to D & P Enterprises, a Nevada Corporation, as Assignee, for approximately 2.82 acres at the Laredo International Airport; providing for an effective date.

 

20.      Designating as a one-way eastbound that 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 two (2) block section of Convent Avenue, between Water Street and Grant Street; and as a one way westbound that six (6) block section of Grant Street, between Convent Avenue and Santa Cleotilde Avenue, providing for the installation of appropriate signs to indicate one-way traffic in the designated directions and providing for publication and effective date.

 

21.      Amending Ordinance No. 2002-O-265 by authorizing the City Manager to execute a site ground lease agreement addendum by and between the City of Laredo, a municipal corporation and San Antonio MTA, L.P. D/B/A Verizon wireless, to that certain ground lease dated October 21, 2002, a copy of which is attached hereto and made a part hereof, to increase the overall ground space area at 8711 McPherson by 297 square feet to approximately 0.015 acres as described on the attached Exhibit B-1; and

1.      Annual rent will be increased by $7,500.00 per annum prorated to coincide with the anniversary of the lease commencement date and on the first day of each year of the lease commencement anniversary date thereafter.

2.      All other terms and conditions of the lease remain in full force and effect.

 

22.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey two easements to AEP Texas Central Company to provide electrical power to the El Portal Plaza and to the plaza entrance monument.  Said easements being:

(1)   a 144 square foot tract of land out of Block 08-B, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; as described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits A and B, and

(2)   a 1,180 square foot tract of land out of Block 08-B, Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; as described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits C and D; and providing for an effective date.

 

 

IX.               FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

23.       

2006-O-258        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)

 

2006-O-259        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)                                                            

 

2006-O-260        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)

 

2006-O-261        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)                          

 

2006-O-262        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)                                   

 

2006-O-263        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) (As amended)         

 

2006-O-264        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)

 

2006-O-265        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)

 

2006-O-266        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)

 

2006-O-267        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.

 

2006-O-268        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.

 

2006-O-269        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.

 

2006-O-270        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.

 

2006-O-271        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.

 

2006-O-273        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.  (As amended)

 

2006-O-274        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.

 

2006-O-275        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. 

 

2006-O-276        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.

 

2006-O-277        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.

 

2006-O-278        Authorizing the City Manager to negotiate 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 value of this property and lease will be negotiated every five years.  (As amended)

 

2006-O-279        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.

 

2006-O-280        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.

 

2006-O-281        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, and training sessions; providing for severability; repeal all laws in conflict, and providing for an effective date.  (As amended)

 

X.                 RESOLUTIONS

 

24.      2006-R-103     Consideration to authorize the City Manager to submit a grant application to the South Texas Development Council (STDC) in the amount of $40,000.00 with no matching funds.  Funds will be used to buy an industrial grade paper shredder of $27,000.00 to be used at the Material Recovery Center to be able to recycle paper that has sensitive information, and $13,000.00 that will be used to promote and educate the public to recycle properly.

 

25.      2006-R-105     A resolution of the Laredo City Council requesting the members of the 80th Legislative Session of the State of Texas to support increased funding for the Texas Recreation & Parks Account Local Park Grant Program and the Texas State Park System administered by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

 

26.      2006-R-107     Accepting the donations of seven utility easements for the installation of water and sanitary sewer improvements in the Piedra China/Texas/Milmo Avenue Area [also referred to as ‘Colonia Hermosa’], these being 10 feet wide easements through the following lots in Block 1484, Eastern Division:

1.  Lot 6: from Sara Mena;

2.  Lot 7: from Julian Reyna;

3.  Lot 8: from Daniel Vargas & Mayela Vargas; 

4.  Lot 9: from Julio Mares & Maria De Los Angeles Mares;

5.  Lot 10:  from Dora E. Fuentes;

6.  Lot 11:  from Javier R. Gonzalez & Nolvia F. Gonzalez; &

7. Lot 12: from Juan Michael Benavides & Patricial Emilia Benavides; and copies of the easements are attached as exhibits 1,2,3,4,5,6 & 7

 

27.      2006-R-108     Authorizing the City Manager to submit a supplemental grant application to the Texas Automobile Theft Prevention Authority to fund the Laredo Auto Theft Task Force for the period of September 1, 2006 through August 31, 2007.  The supplemental application will be for equipment and will not require a match by the City of Laredo

 

XI.               MOTIONS

 

28.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract with the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) in the amount of $274,400.00 for the purchase of a computer based interactive training program for airport employees, including tenants.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund under Grant No. 3-48-0136-48-2006 in the amount of $274,400.00 and the 5% land match is available from the value of the Rash tract purchase.

 

29.      Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a one year service agreement with Sungard H.T.E., Inc., Lake Mary, FL, for the amount of $97,270.00.  The service agreement is for service and maintenance on the financial applications residing on the City’s IBM iSeries computer system for the period of October 1, 2006 thru September 30, 2007.

 

30.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract with the Laredo Animal Shelter for animal control services for Fiscal Year 2006-2007 in the amount of $158,000.00 and authorizing the City Manager to sign and implement the contract.  Funding is available in the General Fund Aid to Other Agencies and from the Laredo Health Department.

 

31.      Consideration to award a professional services contract to Dr. Guillermo Gonzalez, Laredo, Texas, in an estimated annual amount of $40,000.00 for psychological examinations for the Laredo Police Department cadet applications and other evaluations of sworn officers.  All services requested on an as needed basis.  This agreement will continue annually unless written notice from either party to discontinue the services is submitted. 

 

32.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract in the amount of $473,000.00 with Laredo Development Foundation for economic development.  The Laredo Development Foundation’s mission is to create jobs, attract industry, and enhance local business, which they do through the Industrial Attraction Division, Small Business Development Division/Center and the Special Projects Division.  Funding is available in the General Fund and Bridge Fund.

 

33.      Extending the existence of the Traffic Calming Ad Hoc Committee to October 31, 2007 to continue addressing traffic calming issues especially as it pertains to introducing different traffic calming device alternatives for new and existing residential subdivisions.

 

34.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of turnstile spare equipment in the amount of $39,406.86 from sole source provider, Transcore LP, for the electronic toll collection system (hardware & software) upgrade for the pedestrian traffic at the Bridge of the Americas Modification Project, “El Portal”.  Funding is available in the Laredo Bridge System Fund.

 

35.      Authorizing the City Manager to approve payment from the City’s Arena Renewal and Replacement Account for the purchase of metal detectors, concourse accordion doors and dasher drapes in a total amount not to exceed $50,000.00.  Items purchased through the Renewal and Replacement Account are on a 50% cost basis to the City of Laredo and a 50% cost basis to Arena Ventures, LLC.  Funding is available in Renewal and Replacement Account.

 

36.      Consideration to authorize the purchase and installation of modular skate park ramps and amenities for the Cecilia Moreno Park from Kraftsman Playground and Park Equipment through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative (Buy Board) contract pricing in the total amount of $66,490.15.  Funding is available in the CDBG 31st Action Year Block Grant.

 

37.      Consideration to exercise the renewal option for one additional year for contract number FY04-122, awarded to Envirosolve, L.L.C., Tulsa, OK., in the estimated amount of $90,000.00, for conducting two Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection events and one Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG) collection event.  The term of this contract was for one year with an option to extend the contract for three, one year terms.   This will be the second option year.  Funding is available in the Environmental Services Department budget.

 

38.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of five dump trucks in the total amount of $445,215.00, through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (H-GAC) cooperative purchasing program’s contract pricing.  These trucks will be purchased from Rush Truck Center, Houston, TexasFunding is available in the Solid Waste and the Utilities Department operational budgets.

 

39.      Consideration to award contract FY07-016 to the low bidder, Nueces Power Equipment, Laredo, Texas in the total amount of $259,274 for the purchase of three backhoes for the Utilities Department and one backhoe for the Solid Waste Department (Creek Cleaning).  Funding is available in the Solid Waste and the Utilities Department operational budgets.

 

40.      Consideration to award annual supply contract number FY07-008 to the low bidders, Gray’s Wholesale Tire, Forth Worth, Texas, in the estimated amount of $67,914.00 for the purchase of police pursuit tires; and Southern Tire Mart, Laredo, TX in the estimated amount of $53,428.36 for the purchase of regular passenger tires.  All tires will be purchased on an as need basis. Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Fund.

 

41.      Authorizing the sale of surplus public safety mobile and portable radios to the Zapata County Sheriff’s Department in the total amount of $60,000.   The Sheriff’s Department has requested sixty mobile and sixty portable public safety radios previously used by the City of Laredo’s Police Department.   With the implementation of the City’s 800 MHz radio system these radios are no longer being utilized.  All proceeds from this sale will be realized in the Police Trust Fund revenue account.

 

42.      Consideration to award contract number FY07-010 to the low bidders, RM Personnel, Inc. Laredo, Texas, and Staff Force, Laredo, Texas for providing temporary contract employees. Contracts will be awarded to primary and secondary vendors in order to provide the City of Laredo with a quality labor pool for those departments that might require temporary staff members throughout the fiscal year.  All services will be secured on an as need basis and the estimated contract amount for this fiscal year will be $500,000.

 

43.      Consideration to reject the apparent low bid of Ramos Industries to rehabilitate Phase 2 of the General Aviation Apron, construct Phase 2 of the North East Cargo Apron, and construct Cargo Pads at the Southwest Apron in the amount of $7,377,195.50 and consideration to award the bid to Price Construction the lowest responsible bidder in the amount of $7,477,980.90 for said construction work. Funding is available in Airport Construction Fund - FAA Grant No. 49.

 

44.      Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder Restek, Inc., Austin, Texas, in the amount of $432,637.90 for the Laredo Colombia International Bridge Superstructure Rehabilitation.  Funding is available in the Bridge System – Revenue Bond Series 2005A.

 

45.      Consideration for approval of change order no. 2 an increase of $35,324.73 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the Engineered Materials Arresting System (EMAS) at the end of Runway 35L at the Laredo International Airport and approval of final payment in the amount of $198,772.32 to Price Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas.  Final construction contract amount is $1,323,543.82.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund – FAA Grants No. 44 and 48.

 

46.      Consideration to award a professional service contract to Bexar County Forensic Science Center, San Antonio, Texas, in an estimated annual amount of $140,000 for criminal investigation laboratory services for the Police Department.  All services are requested on an as needed basis.  Services include examination of evidence involving:  arson, controlled substances, DNA, firearms, tool marks, toxicology, serology, and other services required for criminal investigations.  This agreement will continue annually unless written notice from either party to discontinue the services is submitted.

 

47.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute the Homeland Security Grant Program Sub-Recipient Grant Adjustment Agreement between the City of Laredo and the Governor’s Division of Emergency Management (GDEM) to perform certain project tasks for the period beginning July 1, 2006 and ending February 28, 2008 and accepting the total grant adjustment award in the amount of $221,463.04.

 

48.      Rescinding a motion passed by City Council on August 8, 2006 to change the city lawn clipping and branch pick up service schedule from once per week to once per month and to return the lawn clipping and branch pick up service schedule to once a week for city residents.

 

49.      Consideration to award contract number FY07-026, to the low bidders, Rodriguez Pipe & Steel, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $38,274.00, for the purchase of assorted steel fence material. These materials will be purchased for ongoing security upgrade project at the Laredo Police Department.  Funding is available through the 2000A CO issue account. 

 

XII.             STAFF REPORTS

 

50.       

 

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

 

B.                 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

 

51.       

a.       

A.                 Request by Mayor Raul G. Salinas

1.           Discussion with possible action on creating a committee to address substance and drug abuse issues in the city and for the City Council to participate by appointing the members of the group.

 

2.           Discussion with possible action to amend the Priority Procedures manual for the Mayor and City Council, specifically the section entitled Priority II, item IV. Agenda, by adding a citizen comments section under “Communications and Recognitions.”

 

B.                 Request by Council Member Mike Garza

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

 

C.                Request by Council Member Dr. Michael Landeck

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding the process of the search for a new City Manager.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Juan Chavez)

 

2.           Discussion with possible action regarding the request for payment of Larry Dovalina in conjunction with termination of his contract as of October 24, 2006.

 

D.                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.

 

E.                 Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

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

 

F.                 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)

 

G.                Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Juan Ramirez

1.           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.

 

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

 

3.           Discussion with possible action on paving Moctezuma from Flores to Convent and appropriating funds from District VIII discretionary funds.

 

4.           Discussion with possible action on financial report for LEC.

 

 

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.

 

52.      Request for Executive Session pursuant to the V.T.C.A., Government Code Section 551.071 (2) to consult with its attorney to obtain legal advice regarding the proposed retail lease agreement for that tract of real property located downtown referred to as the Bridge of the Americas Project, between the City of Laredo and Khaledi Bridge of the Americas, LTD, and pursuant to the V.T.C.A. Government Code Section 551.072 to deliberate the subject lease because deliberation in an open session would have a detrimental effect on the negotiating position of the city and return to open session for discussion and possible action on same.

 

53.      Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072 in order to deliberate the possible purchase, exchange, lease or value 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, Texas, because deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the City Council in negotiations with a third person; and return to open session for possible action.

 

54.      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.

 

55.      Request for Executive Session pursuant to Section 551.071 (1) (A) of the Texas Government Code to consult with attorneys representing the City of Laredo regarding pending litigation of Martha Escamilla, Maria Gloria Gonzalez, and Webb County vs. the City of Laredo, Cause No. 04-05-00456-CV; and return to open session for possible action.

 

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

 

56.      Authorizing the City Manager to award FY 07-013 demolition of substandard 8 unit apartment complex structure at 3101 E. Travis bid proposal to the lowest bidder Laredo Environmental Services, LLC, in the amount of $16,995.00.  Funding is available in the Noise Compatibility Program Fund demolition line item account.

 

57.      Authorizing the City Manager to award FY 07-020 demolition of structure at 113 Fairway bid proposal to the lowest bidder Laredo Environmental Services, LLC, in the amount of $21,500.00.  Funding is available in Noise Compatibility Program Fund demolition line item account.   

 

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

                       

58.      Consideration to waive bus fare collection to and from the HEB “Feast of Sharing” Sunday, November 19, 2006 as participation by the City of Laredo co-sponsoring this event, HEB will provide a $1,250.00 contribution to offset the fares.

 

59.      Consideration to increase the annual supply contracts FY06-036 for the listed vendors for providing bus and van fleet parts.  All items will be purchased on as needed basis.  Funding is available in the El Metro Operations Fund.

 

60.      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 the Transit System Capital Grants Fund-Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant X438.

 

61.      Consideration to award contract (FY06-107) to the low bidder, C. W. Tenorio Security, Laredo, TX 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.

 

XVII.       ADJOURN AS 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, November 1, 2006 at 8:00 p.m.

                                                                       

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary