CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2006-R-22

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

November 20, 2006

5:30 P.M.

 

DISABILITY ACCESS STATEMENT

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I.                    CALL TO ORDER

 

II.                  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

III.                ROLL CALL

 

IV.               MINUTES

 

 Approval of the minutes of August 7, 2006, August 8, 2006 and August 9, 2006.

 

V.                 COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

a.      Recognition of Maria E. Harrison, of the Parks and Recreation Department, on her selection as October 2006 Employee of the Month.

 

Communiqués

 

Citizen comments

Citizens are required to fill out a witness card and identify themselves at the microphone.  Comments should be relevant to City business and delivered in a professional manner.  No derogatory remarks will be permitted.  There is a time limit of three minutes per speaker.


 

VI.               APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

a.      Appointment by Mayor Raul G. Salinas of Raquel Perez as an alternate member of the Blue Ribbon Committee for International Trade.

 

b.      Reappointment by Council Member Johnny Rendon of Jesus Hinojosa III to the Board of Adjustment.

 

VII.             PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.          Individual public hearings 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 rezoning 7.37 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at 10 E. Del Mar Boulevard, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.  (District VI)

 

3.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 11.25 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located 10 East Del Mar Boulevard, from R-1 (Single-Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.      (District VI) 

 

4.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1 thru 7, Block 1, Del Mar Hills Subdivision, Section 1, Area “B”, located at 10 E. Del Mar Boulevard, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.  (District VI)

 

5.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 5, 6, 7 and 8, Block 1493, Eastern Division and 8,073.49 sq. ft. out of the Chihuahua Street right-of-way, located at 2520 Chihuahua Street, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District). The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.  (District II)

 

6.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 7 and 8, Block 1574, Eastern Division, located at 2606 Ross Street, from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District).   The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.   (District II)

 

7.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 7 and the north 9 feet of Lot 8, Block 905, Western Division, located at 3520 Juarez Avenue, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to R-3 (Mixed Residential District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval of the zone change.   (District VII) 

 

8.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 5 and 6, Block 990, Eastern Division, located at 1820 Chihuahua Street, from R-O (Residential/Office District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.   (District III)

 

9.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a child daycare on Lot 9, Block 2, Town East Subdivision Phase I, located at 3417 West Fiesta Loop.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.   (District II) 

 

10.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Special Use Permit for mini storage/warehousing, on Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8, Block 1068, Eastern Division, located at 1320 South Meadow Avenue.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.    (District III) 

 

11.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 0.85 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at the east termination of Havanna and Imperial Drives, from AG (Agricultural District) to R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.  (District VI)

 

12.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 9.89 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located on the west side of Bob Bullock Loop north of Winfield Parkway , from AG (Agricultural District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.    (District VI)

 

13.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Union Park Subdivision, located at 5701 San Dario Avenue, from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).   The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the zone change.   (District V) 

 

14.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to implement a south bound pedestrian toll free crossing for the week of December 18, 2006 through December 24, 2006.

 

15.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing and allowing under the Act governing the Texas Municipal Retirement System, “Updated Service Credits” in said system for service performed by qualifying members of such system who will begin employment with the City of Laredo on or after January 1, 2007; providing for increased prior and current service annuities for retirees and beneficiaries of deceased retirees of the City; and establishing an effective date for such actions.

 

16.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2006-2007 annual budget by appropriating expenditures in the amount of $252,589.00 in the Laredo Police Department Trust Fund.  Funding will be used to purchase operational materials and supplies and capital outlay equipment.  Items include surveillance equipment, tactical entry equipment, and other needed items.  Funding is available in the Police Trust Fund opening balance.

 

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

VIII.           INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

17.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Lessor’s consent to an assignment of lease from Gateway Rent-a-Car, LLC (seller/assignor) to Border Rent A Car, LLC, for that certain lease dated August 28, 2006, between the City of Laredo and Gateway Rent-a-Car, LLC, approximately 171 square feet of office and counter space located in car rental space #4 within the airport passenger terminal and 17 parking spaces located within the ready return parking lot located at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop at the Laredo International Airport; providing for an effective date. 

 

18.      Closing as public easement a triangular section of Blaine Street between  Smith and Ejido Avenues, situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas, as shown in Exhibit “A”, and providing for an effective date.

 

19.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute an assignment of leasehold interest from Labata Service, Inc., approved by Ordinance No. 2001-O-024 dated January 16, 2001, for a vehicular parking lot located at 5003 Maher Avenue at the Laredo International Airport to Aero Center, Inc., and amending Section 1.02, Term, by adding an early termination clause that effectively terminates the lease agreement without notice from Lessor effective the date Lessee’s sublease of Hangar No. 162 expires, providing for an effective date.

 

20.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute an assignment of leasehold interest from Labata Services, Inc., approved by Ordinance No. 2003-O-091 dated April 7, 2003, for approximately 12,000 square feet constituting the west section of Hangar No. 1309 located at the International Airport to Aero Center, Inc., providing for an effective date.

 

21.      Amending ordinance 2006-O-205 dated August 28, 2006 which provided for the  submission of 81 proposed amendments  to the Charter of the City of Laredo to the voters on Tuesday, November 7, 2006, in order to correct a clerical error in  setting forth the change proposed for section 10.01 (a)of the charter, to harmonize it with the answer to that proposed change which the voters made on related proposition no. 55 on which they voted favorably on November 7, 2006

 

IX.               FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

22.       

2006-O-282      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(As amended)

 

2006-O-283      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).   (District I)

 

2006-O-284      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). 

 

2006-O-285      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.   

 

2006-O-286      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.  (As amended)

 

2006-O-287      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.

 

2006-O-288      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.

 

2006-O-289      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.

 

2006-O-290      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.

 

2006-O-291      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, local match, 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.  (As amended)

 

2006-O-292      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.

 

2006-O-293      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.

 

2006-O-294      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.

 

2006-O-295      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.

 

2006-O-296      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.

 

2006-O-297      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.

 

2006-O-298      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.

 

2006-O-299      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.

 

2006-O-300      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.

 

2006-O-301      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

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

 

2006-O-302      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. 


 

 

X.                 RESOLUTIONS

 

23.      2006-R-110     Resolution of the City of Laredo suspending the effective date of the AEP Texas Central Company’s requested rate changes to allow the City time to study the request and to establish reasonable rates; approving cooperation with other cities within AEP Texas Central Company’s service territory; authorizing intervention in the proceeding at the Public Utility Commission; retaining counsel to represent the City; requiring reimbursement of cities’ rate case expenses; requiring notice of this resolution to the company

 

XI.               MOTIONS

 

24.      Authorizing the issuance of a request for proposals (RFP) for the downtown signalization study.  The Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has budgeted $250,000.00 for the project and funding is available through the (MPO) account.

 

25.      Authorizing the issuance of a request for proposals (RFP) for the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act:  A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) Compliance Project.  The Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has budgeted $65,039.00 for the project and funding is available through the (MPO) account.

 

26.      Award of professional services contract with Crane Engineering & Sherfey Engineering (in association with Frank Architects and Hydrologic Group) in the amount of $529,000.00, to provide consulting services for Upper Zacate Creek Multipurpose Detention Pond Project for the City of Laredo, Texas.  Funding is available in the Environmental Services, 2005 C.O. and Transit System FTA Grant #274.

 

27.      Consideration to award contract number FY07-015 to the low bidders, Gateway Uniforms, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $90,000.00, Mike’s Western Wear, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $5,000.00 and Iron Age, San Antonio, Texas, in the estimated amount of $1,000.00 for the purchase of safety footwear for city maintenance personnel.  Funding is available in the respective departmental budgets.

 

28.      Consideration to award contract number FY07-018 to the low bidders: Caldwell Country Chevrolet, Caldwell, TX in the total amount of $69,840.00 for the purchase of five (5) vehicles; Planet Ford, Caldwell, TX in the total amount of $465,085.00 for the purchase of twenty six (26) vehicles; and Sames Motor Company, Laredo, TX in the total amount of $89,512.30 for the purchase of five (5) vehicles.

 

Utilizing the local bidder’s preference provision of the Texas Local Government Code 271.905, the City Council may choose to award contracts to the following: low bidder, Caldwell Country Chevrolet, Caldwell, TX in the total amount of $69,840.00 for the purchase of five (5) vehicles; low bidder and utilizing the local bidder preference provisions, Sames Motor Co., Laredo, TX in total amount of $324,057.70 for the purchase of twenty one (21) vehicles; and Planet Ford, Caldwell, TX in the total amount of $233,635.00 for the purchase of ten (10) vehicles.  Funding is available from Contractual Obligation Public Property Finance Obligation (PPFCO) bond proceeds and department operational budgets.    

 

29.      Consideration for approval of amendment No. 2, increase of $105,549.74 to the professional services contract with Juarez Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas, for the water and sanitary sewer improvements on the Piedra China Street/Texas/Milmo Avenue area in South Laredo Project for Phase II of the project to address paving and associated drainage improvements.  Current engineering contract amount is $173,984.74.  Funding is available in the CDBG 31st Action Year.

 

30.      Consideration for approval of the selection of Sepulveda & Associates for the Fire Department headquarters building at Fire Station No. 5 at 2600 Bartlett Avenue and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the 2006 C.O. Issue.

 

31.      Consideration to award Section F-Mechanical Joint Cast Iron fittings for contract number FY06-130 to the low bidder, National Waterworks, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, in the estimated amount of $71,564.97.  Staff has reviewed the items submitted for this section to assure compliance with our requirements.  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.

 

32.      Authorizing the City Manager to award the contract to the lowest qualified bidder System Control & Instrumentation in a total bid amount of $292,685.00 for the water system SCADA Improvements Project.  Funding is available in the Waterworks Construction Project Account.

 

33.      Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 1 to Ramos Industries Inc., for the construction of Tanquecitos I wastewater and water distribution improvements.  This change order consists of extending the contract time to an additional 30 days and an increase in the material cost 2.9 percent for a total contract amount of $1,776,680.66.  This change order is subject to the approval of the TWDB.  Funding is available in the Colonias Project.

 

34.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract for the purchase of 75.9375 ac/ft per annum municipal water rights from Paula Sladek LeGros, Trustee of Paul L. Sladek, for the sum of $136,687.50.  Funding will come from Water availability balances. 

35.      Consideration to continue requesting donations from private organizations for City legislative events held in Austin, Texas and Washington, D.C.

 

36.      Consideration to award contract FY07-016 to the low bidder, Nueces Power Equipment, Laredo, Texas, in the total amount of $124,642.00 for the purchase of two backhoes for the Public Works Department.  Funding is available in the 2006 Public Property Finance Contractual Obligation bond proceeds.

 

37.      Consideration to award annual supply contract number FY07-012 to the low bidder JJJ International & Safety, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $138,737.00 for providing traffic marking paint for the Traffic and Airport Departments.  The contract pricing is approximately 1% less that the previous contract period.  This contract establishes the unit pricing for traffic paint and glass beads used for street and runway/taxiway striping for a one year period.  All items will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Traffic Safety and Airport Grounds Maintenance budget.

 

38.      Consideration to award annual contract number FY07-019 to the following vendors: Gonzalez Auto Parts, Napa Auto Parts, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Texas Fleet Supply, and Laredo Wholesale, Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $60,000.00 for the purchase of miscellaneous auto parts for the Fleet Department.  This contract establishes discount percentage pricing for those miscellaneous auto parts not covered in the automotive parts contract.  These vendors have offered percentage discount pricing from their general catalogues.  All items will be purchased on an as needed basis and funding will be secured from the Fleet Maintenance budget. 

 

39.      Consideration to award contract number FY07-029, to the low bidder, GT Distributors, Inc. Austin, Texas in the amount of $49,492.80 for the purchase of seventy (70) rifles for the Police Department.   Funding is available from 2006 Contractual Obligation Public Property Finance Obligation (PPFCO) bond proceeds.

 

40.      Consideration for approval to award a contract to Duke-Energy, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $53,581.00 for a relocation of a gas line obstructing proposed construction of drainage improvements at the Muller Road intersection with the Zacate Creek Upper Reaches Project.  Funding is available in the 2005 C.O. Bond.

 

41.      Consideration to amend contract number FY05-073 currently awarded to Landfill Service Corporation, Apalachin, NY, in the amount of $85,500.00.  The proposed amendment would increase the current contract to $428,553.12 in order to provide funding for the remainder of the contract term.  This contract provides the equipment and material for an alternative daily cover system for the landfill operation.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

42.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of fifty-five (55) sets of structural fire fighting protective uniforms from Dooley Tackaberry, Deer Park, Texas, through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) cooperative contract pricing in the total amount of $99,558.25.  The set includes the fire coat, trousers, knee boots, gloves, hoods, suspenders, and helmets.  Funding is available in the Fire Department’s Fund.

 

43.      Authorizing the Laredo Convention and Visitors Bureau to place a temporary promotional banner for the V Annual International Sister Cities Festival scheduled for January 26, 2007 through January 28, 2007.  The banner will be installed at the intersections for Springfield and Hillside Roads and at the Calton and Yeary Roads from January 12 through the end of the Festival on January 28, 2007.

 

44.      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 49.

 

45.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of one dump truck in the total amount or $88,843.00 through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) cooperative purchasing program’s contract pricing.  This truck will be assigned to the Parks and Recreation Department.  Funding will be made available from the 2006 Public Property Finance Contractual Obligation bond proceeds.

 

46.      Consideration for approval of change order No. 1 to Rhino Builders, LTD, Laredo, Texas for the amount of $37,651.00 to install the 24 inch diameter pipe with bends and caps to avoid future conflict with the drainage work currently under construction on Del Mar Blvd.  This change order brings the total contract amount to $1,117,978.50.  Funding is available in the 2004 Water Bond Issuance.

 

47.       Consideration for approval of change order no. 5 to add one hundred ninety-five (195) calendar days to the construction contract time with Leyendecker Construction, Laredo, Texas, for the City of Laredo Bridge of Americas Modification Project (El Portal) for additional design changes.  

 

48.      Consideration to exercise the renewal option for contract FY03-025 awarded to National Reimbursement Services, Inc. (NRS), Houston, Texas for providing billing services for the Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) operation. NRS will be responsible for obtaining reimbursement for services provided by our EMS division utilizing their expertise in dealing with Medicare and private insurance companies. The original term of this contract was for a three-year period with options to renew for three additional one-year terms. Staff is requesting authorization to exercising the renew option for the first of the three additional year terms. NRS will charge the City 10% of all collections received as a result of their billing activities. It is anticipated that with the services provided by NRS the City’s collection rate will increase by approximately twenty percent.   In addition, they are required to provide, at no cost to the City, new and specialized computer equipment for each ambulance crew with docking stations for these computers at the Fire Stations and at both hospitals.

 

49.      Authorizing the City Manager to approve Change Order No. 2 in the amount of $64,800.55 to Balch Machine Company for the pump repair project at the Jefferson WTP Raw Water Pumphouse #2.  The change order will cover the additional work identified as necessary improvements and modifications that could not be examined due the operation of the equipment.  Funding is available in the 2004B Revenue Bonds.

 

XII.             GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

50.       

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.

 

B.                 Request by Council Member Mike Garza

1.           Discussion with possible action for reports from internal and external auditors on projected reviews.

 

2.           Discussion with possible action on the projected IH 35 landfill property and other City owned properties.

 

C.                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.

 

D.                Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

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

 

E.                 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 rescinding rental increases for tenants on the airport flight line.

 

4.           Consider a motion amending that motion previously adopted by City Council at the Special City Council Meeting of November 13, 2006, to pay the entire amount due the former city manager immediately, either this week, next, or whatever and to obtain an outside legal opinion to interpret the current contract between the former city manager and the City of Laredo for the benefit of future city manager contracts; and if that legal opinion determines City Council shouldn’t have made certain payments, then City Council will  decide at that time whether to look for a way to get the City’s money back and how that could be accomplished; and to amend that motion by deleting the word “immediately” as to the timing of the payment and instead to pay the former city manager in accordance with the terms of his contract, at the time he designates.

 

F.                 Request by Council Member Juan Chavez

1.      Update on the proposed slow moving vehicles ordinance regulating heavy equipment and construction vehicles on the road. 

 

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 on financial report for LEC.

 

3.                  Consideration to change the order of the City Council agenda for Council Member items and to implement a rotational schedule of General Council Discussions and Presentations beginning with City Council District #1 in December and allowing each subsequent District to be listed first in the order of General Council Discussions and Presentations.

 

4.                  Discussion with possible action on funding for the TAMIU Flamenco Ballet. 

 

XIII.           STAFF REPORTS

 

51.       

 

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

 

B.                 Update report and discussion in regards to the questions raised at the pre-bid meeting for the lease of 600 living unit equivalency with possible action.  The provisions for sewer are made available though the over sizing of the wastewater line extensions for the Colonias Project on SH 359 and the Texas Mexican Rail Road right of way.

 

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 Texas Government Code Section 551.072 in order to deliberate the possible purchase, exchange, lease or value of the North ½ of Lot 10, Block 162, 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.

 

53.      Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code, Section 551.071 (1) (A) to consult with the Attorneys for the City of Laredo about a contemplated litigation in the matter of Hilda Negrete vs. City of Laredo, et al., and return to open session for possible action.

 

54.      Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071 (1) (A) to consult with attorneys on possible settlement of case of City of Laredo v. Brothers Paving, Inc., Cause No. 2006CVF 00133, in the 111th District Court, Webb County, Texas; 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 AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD

 

56.      Consideration to award annual contract number FY07-019 to the following vendors; Gonzalez Auto Parts, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Texas Fleet Supply, and Laredo Wholesale in the estimated amount of $45,000.00 for the purchase of miscellaneous auto parts for the Transit System.  This contract establishes discount percentage pricing for those miscellaneous auto parts not covered in the automotive parts contract.  These vendors have offered percentage discount pricing from their general catalogues.  All items will be purchased on as needed basis and funding will be secured from the Transit budget.

 

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

 

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 15, 2006 at 8:00 p.m.

                                                                       

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary