CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2006-R-24

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

December 18, 2006

5:30 P.M.

DISABILITY ACCESS STATEMENT

Persons with disabilities who plan to attend this meeting and who may need auxiliary aid or services are requested to contact Gustavo Guevara, City Secretary at (956) 791-7308 at least two working days prior to the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made.  The accessible entrance and accessible parking spaces are located at City Hall, 1100 Victoria Ave.

 

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I.                    CALL TO ORDER

 

II.                  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

III.                ROLL CALL

 

IV.               MINUTES

Approval of the minutes of August 28, 2006, September 8, 2006 and September 28, 2006.

 

V.                 COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Recognitions

a.           Recognition of Blanca Vasquez, of the Tax Department, on her selection as December 2006 Employee of the Month. 

 

b.            Recognition of Duncan Jalomo, of the Library Department, on his selection as the Employee of the Year.

 

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.               GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

1.           

a.       

A.                 Request by Mayor Raul G. Salinas

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding the El Metro Operation Center on Scott Street.

 

B.                 Request by Council Member Mike Garza

1.           Discussion with possible action on City Council Advisory Committees and the Texas Open Meetings Act.

 

2.           Discussion with possible action on the City’s e-mail and internet electronic communications usage policy.

 

3.           Discussion with possible action to evaluate the pay of the Acting City Manager and to discuss goals and objectives.  (Reference:  Executive Session #58)

 

C.                Request by Council Member Dr. Michael Landeck

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding the City Manager position recruitment bulletin specifically the ICMA credentialing requirement and salary.

 

D.                Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding G.E.D. training for employees using the services of the Holding Institute.

 

E.                 Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Juan Ramirez

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding vehicles being towed away by local wrecker companies and the disposition process of unclaimed vehicles.

 

VII.             APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

a.      Appointment by Mayor Raul G. Salinas of Tranquilino Alvarez, Jr. to the Electrical Examining Advisory Board.

 

b.      Appointment by Mayor and Council Members of a representative to serve on the Impact Fee Advisory Committee.

 

VIII.           PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

2.          Public hearing and Resolution 2006-R-121 amending the Long Range Thoroughfare element of the Comprehensive Plan of the City of Laredo.

 

3.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1 and 2, Block 1-A, Dellwood Commercial Subdivision, located at 1001 Bristol Road, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.      (District VII)

 

4.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 8.75 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit "A", located on the northwest corner of F.M. 1472 and Mueller Memorial Boulevard, from B-3 (Community Business District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.   (District VII)

 

5.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Division 3 (RATES AND CHARGES) of Chapter 31 (UTILITIES) of the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances, specifically section 31-138 which provides for connection fees for fire hydrant meters, by changing the use only for construction and creating connection fees for temporary meters for residential construction by only charging the service of residential water rates according to section 31-138, and no other services until a certificate of occupancy is issued; providing for publication and an effective date.

 

6.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the FY 2006-2007 Annual Operating Budget in the Fire Prevention and Arson Fund Budget by accepting a donation of $2,500.00 from Wal-Mart Stores and appropriating said funds for the purpose to purchase Fire Safety Educational Promotional Materials for the Fire Prevention Division and purchase materials and supplies for the Parks Department Recreation Centers.

 

7.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $1,701,183.00.  The revenues are from lease purchase proceeds related to the financing of fifty-four (54) marked police patrol units for the Laredo Police Department.

 

8.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Capital Improvement Project Fund budget by drawing down opening balance and appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $1,300,000.00 for purchase of land plus incidental expenses in the Central Business District.

 

9.          Public hearing to accept the FAR Part 150 Airport Noise Compatibility Study Update by URS Corporation and authorizing the City Manager to submit the study to the Federal Aviation Administration for approval.

 

10.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 28 (Streets,  Sidewalks and Public Places) of the Code of Ordinances by amending Article V, (Commercial Use of Streets, Sidewalks and other Public Places), Section 28-105 (b) and (c) by adding three additional designated areas where goods may be sold; and providing for an effective date and publication.

 

11.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Airport Operating Fund by transferring out $250,000.00 to the Airport Construction Fund to contract for professional services to prepare plans and specifications to bid the rehabilitation of Runway 14/32, authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment, and providing for an effective date.

 

12.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 19, Motor Vehicle and Traffic, Article VI Operation,  of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo by creating Division 5, Heavy Equipment/Construction Type Vehicles, and adding Sections  19-267 through 19-269, which prohibits the use of heavy equipment/construction type vehicles on public streets,  unless vehicle is transported  on a trailer designed for that purpose; providing for definitions, severability, publication, and effective date. 

 

13.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to amend the Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Recreation Fund and General Fund by drawing down $83,000.00 from the Recreation Fund balance and transferring said funds to General Fund for the purpose of updating the City of Laredo Parks and Open Space Master Plan.  The proposed update to this master plan is needed in order to evaluate the present and future open space and recreational needs of our community according to Texas Parks and Wildlife and National Recreation and Parks Association standards.

 

14.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2006-2007 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $94,537.00 in additional funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services for a total amount in funds of $223,188.00 and an estimated program income $59,888.00 for the Immunization Action Plan (IAP) Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2006 through August 31, 2007 and amending the Fiscal Year 2006-2007 full time equivalent positions.

 

15.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 3, Block 1, Cancer Patient Plat, located at 3517 Pine Street, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended denial of the zone change.  (District I)

 

16.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 9, Block 303, Eastern Division, located at 616 Clark Boulevard, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District). The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the zone change.   (District IV)

 

17.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 10, Block 319, Eastern Division, located at 2501 Springfield Avenue, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District). The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the zone change.  (District IV)

 

18.      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 center on Lot 687, Block 41, Del Mar Hills, Section 3, Area “A” Subdivision, located at 804 Eden Lane.  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended denial of the zone change.   (District VI)

 

19.      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 daycare on Lot 1139, Block 71, Del Mar Hills, Unit I Subdivision, located at 813 Surrey Road.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the zone change.    (District VI)

 

20.      Public hearing allowing interested persons to comment on the proposed amendment to the 2005 Consolidated One-Year Action Plan by canceling the Central Laredo Senior Citizen Center Project totaling $45,000.00 in the 31st Action Year (AY) 2005 funds, and reprogramming the $45,000.00 for the construction of sidewalks in District IV.

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

IX.               INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

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

 

22.      Authorizing the City Manager to grant a license to access Comm Corporation, a Texas Corporation, for the use of 1,598 linear feet of City of Laredo right of way on San Eduardo Avenue, as more fully described in Exhibit “A” of license agreement, Laredo, Webb County, Texas.  License term is five (5) years commencing on January 3, 2007 and ending January 2, 2012, with one (5) year renewal option.  Annual rent shall start at $5,000.00 per year plus a $6.00 fee per linear foot with a five percent (5%) increase each anniversary date for the use of the right of way; providing for an effective date.

 

23.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a one hundred day placement agreement with Youghiogheny Communications, LLC, Delaware, DBA Pocket Communications, LLD, Texas, for ground space at 1120 E. Calton Road, Laredo, Webb County, Texas and being more fully described in Exhibit “A”, of the agreement to place a self-contained cellular-on-wheels trailer, more fully described in Exhibit “B” of the agreement for the purpose of providing cellular services and  related equipment building for use in connection with its communications business.  Term of this agreement shall be for 180 days commencing on January 3, 2007 through July 2, 2007.  The monthly rent shall be $1,309.00 each month during the term of the agreement due on the 3rd day of each month.

 

X.                 FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

24.       

2006-O-323      Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning of 20.29 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located on the north side of future Riverbank Drive, west of Atlanta Drive, 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 VII)

 

2006-O-324      Amending the City of Laredo FY 2006-2007 Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $2,000,000.00 respectively.  The revenues are from lease purchase proceeds related to financing of a new information management system for the Laredo Police and Fire Departments. 

 

2006-O-325      Approving an agreement with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in the amount of $28,500.00 and amending the FY 2006-2007 City of Laredo Annual Budget by $28,500.00.  The agreement’s purpose is to reimburse cost for overtime and fringe benefits incurred by the Laredo Police Department in providing resources to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) task force. The term of this agreement is from October 1, 2006 through September 30, 2007

 

2006-O-326      Amending the City of Laredo FY 2006-2007 annual budget by appropriating   revenues and expenditures in the amount $32,400.00 from the City of Laredo Utilities Department for Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) bacteriological required testing of public drinking water supply to be done by the City of Laredo Health Department, Laboratory Services, for the period beginning October 1, 2006 through September 30, 2007.

 

2006-O-327      Amending the City of Laredo FY 2006-2007 annual budget by appropriating   revenues and expenditures in the amount $25,000.00 from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for the South Texas Family AIDS Network grant award to the City of Laredo Health Department, to include a .27 full-time equivalent position transferred from Account 226-6403 to this grant for the period beginning August 1, 2006 through July 31, 2007.   

 

2006-O-328      Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Annual Budget approved for $250,000.00 by reducing $43,000.00 to reflect the actual amount base year award of $200,000.00 agreed between the County of Webb and the City of Laredo, for the period from October 1, 2005 to September 30, 2009.  This fiscal year $7,000.00 funds will be included to cover the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) as specified on the Interlocal Agreement for the period from October 1, 2006 through September 30, 2007, for a total amount award of $207,000.00 this fiscal year for locally supported public health services to residents of Webb County, including approved full time equivalent positions.

 

2006-O-329      Accepting a grant in the amount of $25,000.00 from the Texas Department of Transportation for enforcement of Impaired Driver Mobilization and amending the City of Laredo’s’ FY 2006-2007 Annual Budget in the amount of $25,000.00.  This grant is for overtime salaries, including fringe benefits, and is funded 100% by the Texas Department of Transportation for a full year.

 

2006-O-330      Authorizing and allowing, under the Act of Governing the Texas Municipal Retirement System, “Updated Service Credits” in said system for service performed by qualifying members of such system who presently are in the employment of the City of Laredo; 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.

 

2006-O-331      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Khaledi Bridge of the Americas Ltd, for the lease of premises located at the corner of Convent and Water Street of approximately 22,779 square feet of unfinished retail space of the Bridge of the Americas Project, copy of which is attached as Exhibit A.  Lease shall be for a term of twenty (20) years from date of beneficial occupancy.  Annual Rent shall consist of three separate categories of rent payments: (a) Minimum Annual Rent, (b) Percentage Rent and (c) Non-Retail Space Rent.

 

2006-O-332      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Webb County for approximately 1,000 square feet constituting Building No. S-3 located at 1703 Sandman Street at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for one (1) year commencing on May 1, 2006 and ending on April 30, 2007 and may be extended for two (2) terms of one (1) year each ending on April 30, 2008 and April 30, 2009.  However, it is agreed by the parties that the lease may be terminated by either party upon giving a ninety (90) day written notice from the party terminating to the other.  Monthly rent shall be $500.00 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date.

 

2006-O-333      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with the Washington’s Birthday Celebration Association, Inc., (WBCA) for approximately fifteen (15.0) acres of concrete ramp located on the southwest cargo ramp of the Air Operations Area to include City owned vacant non-aeronautical use land located at the Laredo International Airport for event parking use.  Lease term is for two (2) days commencing on February 10, 2007 and ending on February 11, 2007.  City Council finds and declares that a valid public purpose would be served in setting the daily rental fee at $1.00; providing for an effective date.

 

2006-O-334      Amending the City of Laredo FY 2006-2007 approved Full Time Equivalent positions (FTE’s) for General Fund by creating nine (9) Patrol Officer Cadets to staff the Police substation at Cielito Lindo. Funding is available in General Fund. (As Amended)

 

XI.               RESOLUTIONS

 

25.      2006-R-099     Accepting Lot 1, Block 1 of the Cielito Lindo Park Plat as per plat recorded in volume 26, page 35 of the Map Records of Webb County, Texas.  This 3.35 acre tract of land is being provided by Cielito Lindo, Ltd. for the purpose of developing a City Park. Additionally, Cielito Lindo Ltd. has agreed to provide improvements for said park in the total amount of $108,150.00 as per the attached agreement. 

 

26.      2006-R-119     Accepting the donation of one Utility Easement from Rogelio Molina, Jr. and Maria De Los Angeles Molina, for the extension of water and sewer services to San Carlos Subdivision, Phase II.  This being a 15-foot Utility Easement containing 2,967 square feet of land, more or less, situated in Porcion 32, Antonio Trevino, Abstract 296, Webb County, Texas. Being out of Lot 19, Block 3, San Carlos Subdivision II, recorded in Volume 4, Page 34,  Webb County Plat Records; and described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits A and B.

 

27.      2006-R-120     Accepting the donation of one Utility Easement from Viviana Molina, for the extension of water and sewer services to San Carlos Subdivision, Phase II.  This being a 15-foot Utility Easement containing 2,962 square feet of land, more or less, situated in Porcion 32, Antonio Trevino, Abstract 296, Webb County, Texas. Being out of Lot 11, Block 3, San Carlos Subdivision II, recorded in Volume 4, Page 34, Webb County Plat Records; and described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits A and B.

 

XII.             MOTIONS

 

28.      Authorizing the City Manager to grant two (2) public fireworks display permits for the Laredo Entertainment Center and the Laredo Country Club for December 31, 2006 at 11:59 p.m. technicians for the displays will be Pyrotecnico of Louisiana, LLC, and Atlas Enterprises, Incorporated, respectively.

 

29.      Authorizing the City Manager to select and award a contract to NRS of Harlingen, Texas, for the amount of $242,000.00 to design the Sierra Vista 1.5 million gallon elevated storage tank with construction plans and specifications.  Funding is available in the 2006 Water Bond Issuance.

 

30.      Authorizing the City Manager to award a professional engineering contract to LNV Engineering of Corpus Christi, Texas, in the amount of $46,900.00.  This contract will provide design for the Jefferson Upper Plant High Service Pump Station valve replacement and discharge pipe improvements.  Also, provide design for the Jefferson Lower Plant discharge header valve, piping and flow meters.  Funding is available under the waterworks construction budget.

 

31.      Authorizing the City Manager to enter into contract and award 2006 HOME Investment Partnership Program, Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) funds made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the amount of $194,982.00 to Habitat for Humanity of Laredo, Inc. for the construction of 10 homes including soft costs.  The single-family housing units will be made available to low income first-time home buyers who earn between 25%-60% of the Housing Area Median Family Income (HAMFI).

 

32.      Consideration to authorize the installation of a speed hump along Arriaga Drive between Ramirez Drive at Fairfield Drive in accordance with the speed hump installation policy under the special provision for installation; project costs are estimated at $1,800.00.  Funding is available from the Capital Improvement Projects-City Council District II.

 

33.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute an extension to the consulting contract between the City of Laredo and B.W. Zimmerman & Associates to assist with analysis, research and reporting associated with the interoperable reader system project, provide professional technical consulting assistance associated with the toll collection system needs of the Laredo Bridge System, review and respond to proposals to renew and/or extend the toll collection system maintenance service agreement and provide on-call professional consulting assistance on the operation and warranty of the new turnstile system in an amount not to exceed $64,000.00.  Funding is available in the Laredo Bridge System.

 

34.      Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder, Amberland Development, Ltd., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $609,997.00 for the Bartlett Avenue Extension Straightening, Widening, Paving, Utilities and Drainage Improvements from Hillside to Sandman.  Funding is available in the Transit 2004 CO.

 

35.      Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder, ALC Construction, LLC., Laredo, Texas, in the bid amount of $525,000.00 for the Cigarroa Recreation Center Boxing Gym.  Funding is available in the CDBG 30th Action Year and CDBG 31st Action Year. 

 

36.      Consideration for approval of amendment no. 2 an increase of $36,442.00 to the professional services contract with Arcadis, Laredo, Texas, for the Laredo Street Drainage Improvements Phase II to update plans and specifications, construction cost estimates, and for utility coordination and surveying.  Funding is available in the 2003 CO Issue Laredo Street Drainage Account. 

 

37.      Consideration for approval to award a professional Services Contract to Carter and Burgess, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $375,000.00 for design and preparation of plans and specifications for the Laredo International Airport Runways 17L/35R and 17L/35R Extension – Feasibility Study, Environmental Assessment and Benefit-Cost Analysis.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund – Grant No. 48 – Project Engineer Fees.

 

38.      Consideration for approval of the selection of consultant Chapman & Associates, Inc., Magnolia, Texas, for the Resident Project Representative for the Laredo International Airport Projects and authorization to negotiate a professional services contract.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund/Grant No. 49 – Project Engineer Fees.

 

39.      Consideration for approval of change order no. 1 a decrease of $20,223.51 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the Laredo Street Drainage Improvements Phase I that included Laredo St. from Tapeyste Ave. to Seymour Ave. and approval of final payment in the amount of $34,655.49 to J. Solis Maintenance and Welding Services, Laredo, Texas.  Final construction contract amount is $304,196.49.  Funding is available in the 1999 Water CO Bond.

 

40.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of one replacement vacuum truck in the total amount of $252,640.00, through the Buy Board cooperative purchasing program’s contract pricing, from Grande Truck Center, Pasadena, TX.  This truck will be assigned to the Environmental Services Department.  Funding is available in the department’s capital outlay budget.

 

41.      Consideration to award annual supply contract number FY06-105, to the low bidder, East Jordan Iron Work, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, in the estimated amount of $85,750.00, for the purchase of fire hydrants for the Utilities Department.  This is an annual supply contract that allows for the purchase of fire hydrants on an as need basis.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department Fund.

 

42.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of traffic signal poles and arms required for the traffic signal upgrades of the following locations: Clark at Meadow, Clark at Seymour, and Clark at Cedar, from Pelco Structural LLC, Claymore, OK, in the total amount of $37,686.00.  These items are being purchased through the State of Texas Cooperative purchasing program.  Funding is available from 2006 Certificates of Obligation bond proceeds.

 

43.      Consideration to award annual service contract number FY07-035 to the sole bidder, Rafter P. Transport Inc., New Braunfels, TX to load and haul dry sludge from the Jefferson Water Treatment Plant to the City of Laredo landfill.  This contract is based on a base bid of $6.00 per cubic yard of material.  The frequency and number of loads vary depending on the City’s need but the contract is based on an estimate of 10,000 cubic yards of sludge.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department – Water Treatment Division budget. 

 

44.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of one truck mounted excavator, in the total amount of $298,700.00 from Waukesha Pearce Inc., through the Buy Board cooperative purchasing program’s contract pricing.  Funding is available in the 2006 Public Property Finance Contractual Obligation bond proceeds.  

 

45.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of two (2) street sweepers in the total amount of $283,743.25 from TYMCO International Inc., through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (H-GAC) cooperative purchasing program’s contract pricing.  Funding is available in the 2006 Public Property Finance Contractual Obligation bond proceeds.

 

46.      Approving monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amounts to be adjusted for the month of November 2006, represents a decrease of $54,757.73.  These adjustments are determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

47.      Authorizing the City Manager to continue current policy with Monumental Life Insurance Company for the retiree Medicare Supplemental Health Insurance for another year, ending December 31, 2007.  The rates will remain the same as last year.

 

48.      Awarding a construction contract to the low bidder, Jimmy Closner and Sons Construction Company, Inc., Mercedes, Texas, in the amount of $4,697,756.20 for the construction of the SH359 Work Order #3 Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Systems to the Colonias Old Milwaukee, Los Altos, D-5 Acres, San Carlos I, San Carlos II, Tanquecitos II, Ranchitos 359 East & Laredo Ranchetes subject to the approval of the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB).  The construction time is 540 calendar days.  Funding is available in the Colonias Project Fund.

 

49.      Consideration to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder, QRO MEX Construction, Granite Shoals, Texas, in the amount of $1,487,828.25  for the construction of the Colonias Work Order NADB – 1, 18“ Water  Main Line Extension Project, subject to the approval of the North American Development Bank. The work order #1 consists of 18” water transmission line extension (19.500 L.F.) from the existing South Laredo Elevated Storage Tank to the existing booster station along and within State Hwy 359 to provide potable water to Colonias within SH 359 Planning Areas. The construction time is 150 calendar days.  Funding is available in the Colonias Fund Construction Fees.

 

50.      Ratifying the action taken by the City Manager to authorize the installation of three valves under system pressure by ADS Environmental Services in the amount of $45,400.00 for the emergency control of failing valves and prevention of system flooding at the Jefferson Lower Plant.  Funding is available under the Waterworks Construction Budget.

 

51.      Authorize the City Manager to approve Change Order No. 1 for the purchase and installation of a new electrical control system for the Jefferson Street Water Plant from System Controls & Instrumentation, Ltd, in the amount of $69,532.00.  This work and change order is recommended by staff for emergency authorization on the basis of eminent failure indicators provided by equipment and the essential need for operational control of water production.  Funding is available in the Water Plant Improvements Construction Fund.

 

52.      Consideration to authorize the installation of speed humps along Canal Street between Marcella and Gallagher Avenues in accordance with the speed hump installation policy under the special provision for installation; project costs are estimated at $3,000.00.  Funding will be made available from capital improvement projects – City Council District 5.

 

53.      Consideration to authorize a lease purchase contract with Sungard HTE Inc., in the total amount of $1,999,265.64 for the acquisition of a fully integrated digital information management system for the Laredo Police and Fire Departments.  Funding for the lease purchase payments is available in the Police Trust Fund budget.

 

54.      Consideration to award contract FY07-007 to Verizon Wireless, Laurel, MD, for providing wireless mobile phone service for City of Laredo public safety and public service departments for a term of two years.  Approximately 307 wireless phones are assigned to these departments.  All services will be on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the respective departmental budgets. 

 

 

XIII.           STAFF REPORTS

 

55.       

A.     Update report by Keith Kindle, Turner, Collie and Braden on the status on the Colonias Project.

 

B.     Presentation and recommendation regarding proceeding with negotiations of an agreement of a Secondary Groundwater Project.

C.    Staff report regarding third party funding from the Hotel/Motel Fund by Martin Aleman, Budget Director.

 

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.

 

56.      Request for Executive Session pursuant to Section 551.071 (1) (A) of the Government Code (Contemplated litigation) to consult with the City Attorney regarding construction contract with Lassen, Inc., Austin, Texas, for the construction contract project known as the Zacate Creek Wastewater Treatment Plat Re-aeration Tanks Lining Project and return to open session for possible action.

 

57.      Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071 (1) (B) to consult with attorney on settlement offer regarding Laredo Equities, L.L.C., and return to open session for possible action.

 

58.      Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code, section 551.074 (1) to evaluate the pay of the Acting City Manager and to discuss goals and objectives; and return to open session for possible action.

 

XV.           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, December 13, 2006 at 7:30 p.m.

                                                                       

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary