CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2006-R-13

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

July 3, 2006

5:30 P.M.

 

DISABILITY ACCESS STATEMENT

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

 

Out of consideration for all attendees of the City Council meetings, please turn off all cellular phones and pagers, or place on inaudible signal.  Thank you for your consideration.

 

 

I.                    CALL TO ORDER

 

II.                  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

III.                ROLL CALL

 

IV.               MINUTES

 

 Approval of the minutes of April 17, 2006, May 16, 2006, and May 25, 2006.

 

V.                 COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

a.      Recognition of City employees who received a college or university degree in May 2006 by utilizing the City’s Tuition Reimbursement Program.

 

Communiqués

 

VI.               APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

a.      Appointments by Council Member Mike Garza of:

 

1.      Raymond Bruni to the Airport Advisory Committee.

2.      Dr. Nedil A. Antonini M.D. to the Citizens Environmental Advisory Committee.

3.      Hope Zuniga to the Library Advisory Committee.

4.      Ramiro Martinez to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee.

5.      Efrain D. Sanchez, Jr. to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

6.      Albert Blanco to the Telecommunications Advisory Committee.

7.      Sylvia E. Bruni to the Third Party Funding Advisory Committee.

8.      Hector A. Gomez to the Transportation & Traffic Safety Advisory Committee.

9.      Cynthia L. Espinoza to the Laredo Commission for Women.

 

b.      Appointments by Council Member Dr. Michael Landeck of:

 

1.       Ronnie Salamon to the Airport Advisory Committee.

2.       Eduardo Perales to the Board of Adjustment.

3.       Lorraine Laurel to the Charter Review Commission.

4.       Eduardo Quiroga to the Historic District / Landmark Board.

5.       Beatriz Escamilla to the Library Advisory Committee.

6.       Dr. GeorgeAnne R. Reuthinger to the Para Transit Advisory Committee.

7.       Remy V. Salinas to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee.

8.       Javier Martinez to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

9.       Rafael Martinez to the Telecommunications Advisory Committee.

10.  Peter Arredondo to the Third Party Funding Advisory Committee.

11.  Joe Perez to the Transportation & Traffic Safety Advisory Committee.

12.  Viviana Rotnofsky to the Laredo Commission for Women.

 

VII.             PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $57,850.00 in additional funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services for the Public Health Preparedness and Epidemiology Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for a total grant amount of $468,881.00, and extending the grant period which ends August 31, 2006, an additional four (4) months.  The term period from September 1, 2005, through December 31, 2006; and authorizing the City Manager to execute the contract.

 

2.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Public Access Computer Hardware Upgrade Grant (PAC HUG) from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission in the amount of $23,750.00 and amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Friends of the Library Fund Annual Budget in the amount of $23,750.00.  Funds will be used to replace computers at all three (3) branches.

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

VIII.           INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

3.          Authorizing the City Manager to execute Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) DTFASW-07-L-00035 between the United States of America, as Lessor, and the City of Laredo, as Lessee, in order to cover required land sites and easements for existing navigational aid (NAVAID) facilities operated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  FAA has installed and is maintaining six (6) facilities that are covered under three (3) separate lease agreements at Laredo International Airport, those being DTFA07-97-L-1047, DTFA07-95-L-0150, and DTFA07-04-L-00018.  These lease agreements will be terminated and consolidated into superseding MOA DTFASW-07-L-00035; providing for an effective date.

 

4.          Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Scheduled Airline Operating Agreement and Terminal Building Lease with Allegiant Air, Inc., for exclusive and non-exclusive joint use space located at the Laredo International Airport passenger terminal for the purpose of conducting commercial air transportation services.  Lease term is for three (3) years commencing on June 1, 2006, and ending on May 31, 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.  The monthly rent including landing fees is waived for the first twelve (12) months commencing on the date the airline initiates commercial air transportation services at the Laredo International Airport; providing for an effective date.

 

5.          Authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to the leased agreement approved by Ordinance No. 2004-O-038 dated February 17, 2004, between the City of Laredo, as Lessor, and Webb County Juvenile Board, as Lessee, for the Juvenile Alternative Education Program (JJAEP) school campus for an approximate 100,357 square foot tract of land located on Block No. 11 of the Airport Subdivision Plat at the Laredo International Airport.  Said amendment will extend the lease term six (6) months ending June 30, 2007.  All other terms and conditions remain unchanged and in effect; providing for an effective date.

 

6.          Setting the new speed limits on Loop 20 within the City limits of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, as defined in the Texas Department of Transportation Control Section Map 0086-14, providing for the installation of appropriate signs to indicate new speed changes in the designated areas and providing for publication and effective date.

 

IX.               FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

7.           

2006-O-135                Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 1, Cuatro Vientos Subdivision, located at 4467 Exodus Drive, from R-1MH (Single Family Manufactured Housing District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District). 

 

2006-O-136                Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 53.34 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at 2325 Bob Bullock Loop, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District), R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District) and R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  

 

2006-O-137                Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning .37 acres, part of Block 1, Del Mar Village Subdivision, as further described be metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at 6919 San Dario Avenue, from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).  

 

2006-O-138                Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 3, Block 2026, Eastern Division, located at 3219 Ross Street, from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District). 

 

2006-O-139                Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning the Replat of Lot 1A, Block 1, Tesoro Plaza Subdivision, located on Tesoro Plaza Drive north of Calton Road, from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District). 

 

2006-O-140                Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 17, Lakeside Subdivision Phase I, located at 7223 Bob Bullock Loop, from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).

 

2006-O-141                Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning the west 2/3 of Lot 7, Block 1103, Eastern Division, located approximately at 1906 East Lyon Street, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to R-O (Retail/Office District).

 

2006-O-142                Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 30.14 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located east of Ejido Avenue north of Exodus Drive, from R-1MH (Single Family Manufactured Housing District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District). 

 

2006-O-143                Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 13.82 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located west of Ejido Avenue north of Exodus Drive, from R-1MH (Single Family Manufactured Housing District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District). 

 

2006-O-144                Amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 8.12 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located on the northwest corner of Exodus Drive and Pita Mangana Road, from R-1MH (Single Family Manufactured Housing District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).

 

2006-O-146                Authorizing the City Manager to amend the Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Customer Service Budget to appropriate revenues and expenditures in the amount of $4,825.00 provided by the sale of tables and individual seats during the 2006 City of Laredo Commission for Women Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony; providing for an effective date.

 

2006-O-147                Authorizing the City Manager to accept contributions of $30,000.00 from the Laredo International Airport, $15,000.00 from Wells Fargo, $4,000.00 from Coyote Creek, $3,000.00 from HEB, and $500.00 from South Texas Realty for a total of $52,500.00 in contributions for the Miss Texas USA Pageant; and amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2006 Convention & Visitors Bureau Annual Budget by appropriating an additional $2,500.00 in revenues and expenditures to the Convention and Visitors Bureau Fund.

 

2006-O-148                Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Annual Budget by increasing revenues and expenditures by $30,000.00 of additional funds, for a total amount of $64,678.00 from the Texas Department of State Health Services for the Title V Family Planning Services of the City of Laredo Health Department for the term from January 1, 2006 through August 31, 2006.

 

2006-O-149                Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances as follows: Chapter 2, Article II, Division 3 (Leave Policy), Section 2-58, 59 and 60, providing for the exclusion of part-time and temporary employees hired after July 2, 2006 from Holiday, Sick Leave, and Annual Leave benefits except as otherwise stated in any collective bargaining agreement; providing for an effective date of July 2, 2006.

 

2006-O-150                Approving an agreement with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) in the amount of $18,000.00 and amending the Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 City of Laredo Annual Budget by $18,000.00.  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, 2005 through September 30, 2006.

 

2006-O-151                Authorizing the City Manager to accept a supplemental overtime award from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the amount of $5,144.00 and amend the Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 City of Laredo Annual Budget by $5,144.00.  The purpose is to reimburse cost for overtime incurred by the Laredo Police Department in providing resources of Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF).  The term of this agreement is from October 1, 2005 through September 30, 2006. 

 

2006-O-152                Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Easement and Underground Service Agreement Document, WR# 13147452, with American Electric Power (AEP) consisting of approximately 2.070 acres out of Lots 1, 2, and 3, Block 2, Laredo International Airport Passenger Terminal Subdivision, recorded in Volume 16, Pages 45-47, for the installation of electrical facilities at Laredo Town Square Project on Bob Bullock Loop at the Laredo International Airport; providing for an effective date.

2006-O-153                Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to effectively convey three (3) City owned lots, namely, lots 6, 7 and 8 in Block 494, Eastern Division, in the City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas to Habitat for Humanity, Inc., in support of the construction of three (3) homes; and providing for effective date.

 

X.                 RESOLUTIONS

 

8.          2006-R-071     Accepting the donation of a utility easement from Royal Joint Venture for the construction of a sanitary sewer line from east side of IH 35 to the Unitec Sewer Plant; said easement being described in the grant of same dated June 13, 2006, which is recorded in Volume 2115, Pages 38 – 43, Official Property Records, Webb County, Texas, copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit 1.

 

9.          2006-R-072     Confirming the appointment / reappointment for a member of the Fire Fighters’ and Police Officers’ Civil Service Commission of the City of Laredo.

 

XI.               MOTIONS

 

10.      Approval of a request from Webb County Historical Commission Marker Committee to make application to the Texas Historical Commission for an official Texas Historical Subject Marker regarding the former Laredo Air Force Base and authorizing the City Manager to execute said application.

 

11.      Consideration for approval of change order no. 2 an increase of $91,294.00 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the Los Obispos Unit-5, Remediation Project, Phase III and approval of final payment in the amount of $132,947.30 to LEH Contractors, Inc., San Antonio, Texas.  Final contract amount is $904,194.00.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund – Los Obispos Housing Project.

 

12.      Consideration to award contract number FY06-102 to the low bidder, Rhino Builders LTD, Laredo, Texas, in the total amount of $59,400.00 for the purchase and installation of concrete traffic barriers at the International Bridge II bridge span.  Funding is available in the Bridge Fund.

 

13.      Consideration for approval of change order no. 1 an increase of $29,321.25 to add weep holes and sawed/expansion joints to improve long term durability of riprap, acceptance of the Laredo Colombia International Bridge Phase I Concrete Drainage Channel Improvements and approval of final payment in the amount of $44,780.10 to G.O. Excavating and Construction Company, Alamo, Texas.  Final contract amount is $183,909.75.  Funding is available in the Bridge System Fund – Revenue Bond Series 2005A.

14.      Setting City Council meeting dates for August 2006 and September 2006 as follows: August 14, 2006, August 28, 2006, and September 5, 2006.

 

15.      Adopting a schedule of hearings and proceedings for voluntary and unilateral annexations for calendar year 2006, in accordance with Section 43.052 of the Texas Local Government Code.

 

16.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of an Internet Protocol (IP) telephony application server and related equipment from CALENCE for the Public Library, through the State of Texas – Department of Information Resources (DIR) cooperative purchase contract, in the total amount of $30,640.00.  Funding for these items is available in the Library’s Budget.

 

17.      Consideration to exercise the renewal option for contract number FY05-094 awarded to the low bidder, A-1 Dry Cleaning, Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $60,000.00, for providing laundry dry cleaning services for the Police Department uniformed officers.  The city must provide dry cleaning service for police uniforms as a condition of the collective bargaining agreement.  Funding is available in the Police Department Budget.

 

18.      Consideration to ratify the emergency purchase order issued to Turbonetics Engineering, Corpus Christi, Texas in the total amount of $ 68,680.00.  The City Manager has authorized emergency rehab repairs to two high service pumps located on the discharge of the Jefferson Water Plant.  These repairs were authorized to prevent disruption of pumping capacity throughout the water distribution system.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department – Water Treatment Division Budget.  

 

19.      Consideration to ratify the emergency purchase order issued to Bradley’s Inc., Corpus Christi, Texas in the total amount of $36,900.00.  The City Manager has authorized emergency repairs to a 300 HP raw water intake pump that was damaged and resulted in low or no water pressure to several areas of the City.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department – Water Treatment Division Budget.

 

20.      Amending the contract with Harry Jewett Associates, Inc., Laredo, Texas for $7,320.00 to include basic engineering services required for adjustments and revisions to the water distribution lines on Mines Road Work Order #1.  The amendment brings the total contract amount to $228,100.00.  Funding is available in the Colonias Project Engineer Fees.

 

 

 

 

 

XII.             STAFF REPORTS

 

21.       

A.                 Discussion with possible action regarding landscaping improvements along Zacate Creek from Sanchez Street south to Corpus Christi Street, to be paid for with District VIII Discretionary Funds.

 

XIII.           GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

22.       

A.                 Request by Council Member Mike Garza

1.           Discussion with possible action on a workshop to discuss the water rate increase and United Water and Utilities transition issues; setting a date and time for the meeting.

2.           Discussion with possible action on a workshop to discuss the City of Laredo employment policies; setting a date and time for the meeting.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Dr. Michael Landeck and Council Member Juan Chavez)

 

B.                 Request by Council Member Dr. Michael Landeck

1.           Discussion with possible action in scheduling a City Charter amendments workshop at a special call City Council meeting.

2.           Discussion with possible action on status and possible redesign of the Slaughter Park project.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Mike Garza)

 

C.                Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

1.           Discussion with possible action on increasing enforcement of paper license plate violations.

2.           Discussion with possible action on creating a City of Laredo Ethics Commission.

3.           Status report on tax levy, exemptions and / or tax cuts.

 

D.                Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Juan Ramirez

1.           Discussion with possible action on repairs at Bruni Plaza including the water fountain.

2.           Discussion with possible action regarding a lease agreement for 200 parking spaces between the City of Laredo and the Rio Grande Plaza Hotel.

3.           Presentation by George Altgelt regarding the pollution of the Rio Grande, with possible action.

 

 

 

 

XIV.         EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

The City Council hereby reserves the right to go into executive session at any time during this public meeting, if such is requested by the City Attorney or other legal counsel for the City, pursuant to his or her duty under Section 551.071(2) of the Government Code, to consult privately with his or her client on an item on the agenda, or on a matter arising out of such item.

 

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, June 28, 2006 at 6:00 p.m.

 

 

                                               

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary