CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2006-R-014

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

July 17, 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 May 15, 2006.

 

V.                 COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

a.      Recognition of Duncan Jalomo, of the Laredo Public Library, on his selection as June 2006 Employee of the Month.

 

b.      Recognition of City Departments for their contribution and participation in the 2006 American Cancer Society Relay for Life by Mayor Raul G. Salinas and Members of the City Council.

 

 

Communiqués

a.       

 

VI.               APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

a.      Appointments by Mayor Raul G. Salinas of:

 

1.       Rufino Lopez to the Airport Advisory Committee.

2.       Lula Morales to the Board of Adjustment.

3.       Diana Juarez to the Citizens Environmental Advisory Committee.

4.       Sandra Cavazos to the Library Advisory Committee.

5.       Gabriel Holguin to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee.

6.       Jorge Gutierrez to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

7.       Belinda Guerra to the Telecommunications Commission.

8.       Lucy Quintanilla to the Third Party Funding Committee.

9.       Yolanda Castillo to the Laredo Commission for Women.

10.  Maria Elena Morales to the Charter Review Commission.

11.  Jose Luis Muñoz; Hector Garza; Mike Molina and Richard Geissler to the   
 Veterans Affairs Committee.

12.  Raquel Gonzalez to the Laredo Housing Authority Board of
 Commissioners.

 

b.      Appointments by Mayor Raul G. Salinas of Council Members to Committees, Boards, and Commissions.

 

c.      Appointments by Council Member Mike Garza of:

 

1.       Juanita Isabel Martinez to the Board of Adjustment.

2.       Jose Martinez to the Historic District / Landmark Board.

3.       Luisa J. Campillo to the Para Transit Advisory Committee.

4.       Angelina Martinez the Laredo Commission for Women.

 

VII.             PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.          Public hearing allowing interested persons to comment on the 2006 Consolidated One Year Action Plan which identifies the projects proposed to be funded by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through the 32nd Action Year Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the 2006 HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), the 2006 American Dream Downpayment Initiative; and the 2006 Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG), through CDBG Program Income, HOME Program Income and through Housing Rehabilitation Revolving Loan Fund. Also for discussion and comment is the Fiscal Year (FY) 2004 – 2005 Consolidated Annual Performance Report regarding the City’s administration of HUD Programs.

 

2.          Public hearing providing interested citizens an opportunity to comment on the potential environmental impact to the City of Laredo Chacon Interceptor Extension Phase II. The preliminary cost estimate for the proposed improvements is $3,000,000.00.  It is anticipated that the City of Laredo proposes to use a total amount of $1,192,922.00 which has been provided by the Environmental Protection Agency State Revolving Fund (EPA-SRF).

 

3.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Ordinance No. 2000-O-064 authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a used car lot on Lot 9, Block 351, Eastern Division, located at 114 West Lyon Street by repealing the existing conditional use permit and approving a conditional use permit for a tire shop.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the conditional use permit.

 

4.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Ordinance No. 97-O-058 authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a truck/trailer rental center (Uhaul dealer) on Lot 2, Block 8, McPherson Acres Development Subdivision Unit II, located at 1613 Calle Del Norte to include a paint and body shop.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the conditional use permit.          

 

5.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a snack bar on Lot 6, Block 233, Eastern Division, located at 320 Mier Street.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.              

 

6.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 67.16 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 R-1 (Single-Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.  

 

7.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 83.10 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 R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.     

 

8.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 29.7 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located on the southeast corner of Bob Bullock Loop and International Boulevard, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.         

 

9.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 19.4 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A,” located on the south side of Bob Bullock Loop east of International Boulevard, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.   

 

10.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 4.5 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located on the south side of Bob Bullock Loop east of International Boulevard, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.

 

11.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning 2.62 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A,” located on the south side of Bob Bullock Loop east of International Boulevard, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.        

 

12.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending ordinance No. 2002-O-142 authorizing a Special Use Permit for mini storage/warehousing, on 2.78 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at 7819 East Country Drive, by revising the site plan.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change. 

 

13.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for an assisted living facility on Lots 2 and 4, Block 167, Western Division, located at 1718 Victoria Street.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the Conditional Use Permit.                                                                 

 

14.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 666, Eastern Division, located at 4119 McPherson Road, from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the zone change.           

 

15.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance Map of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 1, Country Club Estates Subdivision, located at 3911 Casa Blanca Road, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District).  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the zone change.     

              

16.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Land Development Code, as follows: Section 24-92.4 (Procedures – Notices, Hearing, Recommendation of Planning and Zoning Commission and action of City Council) Paragraph (4), to reconcile the 200 foot notification requirement to surrounding property owners in accordance with state law; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the ordinance amendment.

 

17.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 24, Article IV, Supplementary Zoning District Regulations Section 24-65.14: B-4 Highway Commercial District, Paragraph (16) Amusement Redemption Machine Establishment Provisions, Subparagraphs (a), (b), and (c), of the Laredo Land Development Code, by deleting subparagraphs (a), (b), and (c) which provide distances from various uses and other locational criteria amusement redemption machine establishments, providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the ordinance amendment.

 

18.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept $51,000.00 in contributions for the 2006 Washington trip and amend the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2006 Convention and Visitors Bureau Annual Budget as follows: increase revenue appropriations in the amount of $11,000.00 (excess of original budget) and expenditures in the amount of $31,002.00 ($11,000.00 from contributions and $20,002.00 from designated fund balance).

 

19.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept monetary reimbursement from the State of Texas, Attorney Generals Office for partial expenses incurred by the City of Laredo Police Department in order to process evidence involving sexual assault victims and that the City of Laredo’s Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Budget is hereby amended by increasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $25,000.00.  Funding will be used to partially pay for the examination for sexually assaulted victims.  The City of Laredo will receive approximately $25,000.00 annually.

 

20.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance accepting a grant in the amount of $10,000.00 from the Texas Department of Transportation for enforcement of Impaired Driver Mobilization during the Labor Day Holiday Crackdown and amending the City of Laredo’s Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006 Annual Budget in the amount of $10,000.00.  This grant is for overtime salaries, including fringe benefits, and is funded 100 % by the Texas Department of Transportation.

 

21.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo 2005 – 2006 Annual Budget in the amount of $624,763.00 to fund the Laredo Autotheft Task Force and accepting an award in the amount of $346,000.00 from the Texas Automobile Theft Prevention Authority. The City of Laredo will be designating $245,839.00 in matching funds, and Webb County will be designating $32,924.00 in matching funds for a total of $624,763.00.  This grant is effective from September 1, 2006 through August 31, 2007.

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

VIII.           INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

22.      Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances Chapter 2-Administration, Article II-Departments, Officers and Employees, Division 6-Pay Administration, Section 2-87.7-Policy, Subparagraph (9); providing for severability and effective date.

 

IX.               FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

23.       

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).  (From 7/3/06 City Council meeting)

 

2006-O-145                Accepting funds in the amount of $4,400.00 from the South Texas 9-1-1 Regional Administration Division to cost share personnel at the Laredo Police Department Public Safety Answering Point in accordance to Section 771.0751 of the Texas Health and Safety Code and Rule 251.3 Use of Revenue in Certain Counties from the Commission on State Emergency Communications; and amending the FY 2005-2006 General Fund Budget of the City of Laredo by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $4,400.00 for salary expenses for Laredo Police Department Communications Division salaries.

 

2006-O-154                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.

 

2006-O-155                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.

 

2006-O-156                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.

 

2006-O-157                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.

 

2006-O-158                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.

 

2006-O-159                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.

 

X.                 RESOLUTIONS

 

24.      2006-R-073     Confirming the appointment of representatives from the City of Laredo, specifically, Mayor Pro Tempore Juan Ramirez; Council Members Johnny Amaya and Johnny Rendon; David Cardwell; and Guillermo “Memo” Treviño, to serve on the board of directors of the South Texas Development Council for the period October 1, 2006 to September 30, 2007.

 

25.      2006-R-074     Supporting and authorizing the City of Laredo’s participation in the South Texas Development Council, and authorizing payment of the City of Laredo’s assessed membership dues in the amount of $42,527.80 for the period October 1, 2006 to September 30, 2007, subject to final approval of the Fiscal Year 2007 Annual Budget.

 

26.      2006-R-075     Authorizing the participation of City of Laredo as a Texas Main Street Urban City and designating the ‘Streets of Laredo Urban Mall Association’ as the lead agency in the coordination of all program activities.

 

 

XI.               MOTIONS

 

27.      Consideration for approval of acceptance of the Asbestos Abatement Services Schedule I for the Laredo International Airport Building No’s 132, 134, 356 and 924 and approval of final retainage payment in the amount of $9,712.80 to Jupe Environmental, Inc., San Antonio, Texas.  Final construction contract amount is $97,128.00.  Funding is available in the Airport Fund – Retainage Account.

 

28.      Consider for approval of change order no. 1 an increase of $102,023.09 for the runway threshold displacement required by Federal Aviation Administration Advisory Circular to the construction contract with Price Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Engineered Materials Arresting System (EMAS) at the end of Runway 35L at the Laredo International Airport.  Funding is available in the FAA Grant Project No. 3-48-0136-048-2006.

 

29.      Consideration to execute a five (5) year service agreement with Embarq in the amount of $122,060.00 for the maintenance of the 9-1-1 public safety answering point (PSAP)  equipment at the Laredo Police Department and Webb County Sheriff’s Office.  The yearly amount of the contract is $24,412.00 (subject to appropriations and availability of funds).  Funding is available in the 9-1-1 Regional Fund.

 

30.      Authorization to execute a contract with the Laredo Chamber of Commerce for the administration of payments to operate the Laredo Trade & Travel Center in Monterrey, Mexico effective October 1, 2006 through September 30, 2008.  Funding for the agreement will be available pending approval of the Convention & Visitors Bureau Fiscal Year 2007 Budget and Fiscal Year 2008 Budget.

 

31.      Consideration to award contract number FY06-043 to sole bidder, Castañeda Sand and Gravel, Laredo, Texas, in an amount not to exceed $70,000.00 for providing red top soil and fill dirt for maintenance and capital improvement projects being constructed by the Parks and Recreation Department.  The term will be for a period of six months.  Funding is available in the Parks and Recreation Department and Capital Improvement Project Budgets.

 

32.      Consideration to exercise the renewal option for contract number FY05-104 awarded to JJJ International Safety Equipment, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for an estimated amount of $35,000.00, for the purchase of safety products for all city departments.  Contract pricing has been established for safety products such as safety belts, vests, safety glasses, rain suits, hard hats, traffic cones, warning flags, water coolers, and gloves.  These items will be purchased throughout the year by all departments on an as needed basis.

33.      Consideration to award annual supply contract number FY06-109 for the purchase of unleaded and low sulfur and high sulfur diesel fuel for the City of Laredo's fleet to the LOW BIDDER, Oil Patch Petroleum, Inc., Laredo, Texas or to Arguindegui Oil Co., Laredo, Texas  under the local bidder’s preference provision of the Texas Local Government Code 271.905.  Oil Patch Petroleum has an office in Laredo but their principal place of business is in Corpus Christi, Texas.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Fund.  

 

34.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of a landfill compactor and a tract type tractor from Holt Company of Texas, Laredo, Texas through the Buy Board cooperative purchasing contract in the total amount of $1,066,836.00.  Funding for this equipment is available in the Solid Waste budget. 

 

35.      Consideration to approve an amendment to the recycling center agreement which was approved by City Council on February 27, 1995, and executed on March 7, 1995, by and between the City of Laredo and Southern Sanitation Services, Inc., a Texas corporation.  The total contract price includes only operating expenses which will be limited to a fixed amount not to exceed $36,635.00 per month for five years, effective from August 1, 2006 through July 31, 2011.  In the event production exceeds 183 tons in any given month, the City will pay $200.00 per ton in excess of that limit.

 

36.      Authorizing the City Manager to acquire through negotiations, the “Surface Only” of one parcel of land for use as park space in the San Francisco Javier Neighborhood.  Said parcel being all Block 648, Western Division, in an amount not to exceed $20,000.00, plus approximately $1,500.00 in incidental expenses.  This will be a voluntary transaction.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund – District VIII Discretionary Funds.   

 

37.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute an appraisal services contract with State Certified, Independent, Real Estate Fee Appraiser, Rodolfo Salinas & Associates, as property appraiser for a fee not to exceed $450.00 per appraisal for residential homes and not to exceed $750.00 per appraisal for apartment complexes; also a fee not to exceed $350.00 as appraisal reviewer for two (2) appraisals of each residential home, and a fee not to exceed $700.00 as appraisal reviewer for two (2) appraisals of each apartment complex.  This contract needs to be executed in order to continue the administration of the City of Laredo International Airport Noise Compatibility Program.  The Federal Aviation Administration requires that appraisal contracts be executed in order to continue the administration of the City of Laredo International Airport Noise Compatibility Program.

 

38.      Approving monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amount to be adjusted for the month of June 2006 represents a decrease of $897.58.  These adjustments are determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

XII.             STAFF REPORTS

 

39.       

A.                 Discussion with possible action to consider Firefighter Anthony Joel Tice’s (2nd) second request for an extension of injury leave with pay in accordance with 143.073(b) of the Texas Local Government Code.

 

B.                 Presentation by Mr. Silverio Garza, International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC), regarding the Wastewater Treatment Plant inspection report for Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.

 

XIII.           GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

40.       

A.                 Request by Council Member Mike Garza

1.           Report regarding the Police Department Trust Fund to include discussion on the allocation of these funds including allowable expenditures, with possible action.

 

B.                 Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding the rental rates of the Jose A. Flores complex / Laredo Municipal Housing Corporation on Airport property.

 

C.                Request by Council Member Juan Chavez

1.           Discussion with possible action for the approval of a conditional redesign of the Slaughter Park in which the three (3) soccer fields and the Championship Soccer field components remain as part of the project.

 

D.                Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Juan Ramirez

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

2.           Report on the operations and expenses of the Fleet Department.

3.           Report on the update regarding the improvements to Bridge II and the Sentri Lane.

4.           Status report on the El Portal Mall Project.

 

 

 

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.           RECESS AS THE LAREDO CITY COUNCIL AND CONVENE AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD.

                       

41.      Consideration to award annual supply contract number FY06-106 for the purchase of unleaded and low sulfur and high sulfur diesel fuel, for the transit system’s fleet to the LOW BIDDER, Oil Patch Petroleum, Inc., Laredo, Texas or to Arguindegui Oil Co., Laredo, Texas under the local bidder’s preference provision of the Texas Local Government Code 271.905.  Oil Patch Petroleum has an office in Laredo but their principal place of business is in Corpus Christi, Texas.  Funding is available in the Transit Fund.  

           

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

 

XVII.       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, July 12, 2006 at 7:15 p.m.

                                                                       

 

 

                                                                          Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                          City Secretary