CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2006-R-17

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

September 5, 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

 

V.                 COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Announcements

a.           Presentation by City of Laredo Youth Committee on their recent trip to   several Sister Cities in Mexico.

 

Invitations

 

Recognitions

a.      Recognition of the City of Laredo’s 9-1-1 Regional Administration Program for maintaining a low risk status for the South Texas region covering Webb, Zapata, Jim Hogg, and Starr Counties.  This is the second consecutive year this status is achieved as assessed by the State of Texas’ Commission on State Emergency Communications.

 

b.      Recognition of Elizabeth Martinez, Dora Maldonado, and Arnulfo Cisneros for successfully completing the requirements and obtaining the  designation as Registered Texas Assessor/Collector by the Board of Tax Professional Examiners

 

Communiqués

 

VI.               APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

                                   

VII.             PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

1.          Second public hearing for the adoption of a tax rate of $0.637000 per $100 value.  The tax rate will provide revenue for general fund and debt service.  The rate includes $0.513745 per $100 value of Maintenance and Operation and $0.123255 per $100 value for the Interest and Sinking Fund of the Debt Service and is estimated to generate a tax levy of $53,431,828.00.

 

2.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance adopting the Proposed Annual Budget for Fiscal Year 2006-2007 by appropriating the proposed revenues, expenditures and balances reported therein for the year beginning October 1, 2006 and ending September 30, 2007, consistent with the financial plan described in said Annual Budget; and authorizing the City Manager to implement said Annual Budget. 

 

3.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 3.34 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A,” located on the southwest corner of La Pita Mangana Road and Wright Way, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the proposed zone change.   

  

4.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for granite, marble, tile & porcelain sales and storage on Lot 1, Block 666, Eastern Division, located at 4119 McPherson Road; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning & 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 rezoning Lot 15, Block 42, Las Americas Subdivision, Unit 3, located at 2100 Ejido Avenue from R-1A (Single-Family Residential Reduced Area District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the proposed zone change. 

 

6.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 4, 5, and 6, Block 1372, Eastern Division, located at 2395-2 Saunders Avenue, from B-3 (Community Business District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District); providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended denial of the zone change. 

 

7.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for multi-family residential on Lots 4, 5 and 6, Block 921, Eastern Division, located at 1719 Cortez Street; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the conditional use permit.

 

8.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for an adult day care on Lot 1, Block 4, Concord Hills Community Subdivision Phase II, located at 601 Concord Hills Boulevard; providing for publication and effective date.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change. 

 

9.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2005-2006 Fleet Management budget by appropriating $300,000.00 for both revenues and expenditures for the purchase of fuels.  Funding is available in the respective department budgets.

 

10.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending section 12-2 [Fire Protection Code] of Chapter 12 [Fire Prevention and Protection] of the Code of Ordinances to adopt the 2006 Edition of the International Fire Code; and amending Section 12-6 [Life Safety Code 101 and Handbook] to adopt the 2006 Edition of the Life Safety Code 101 and Handbook; and amending Section 12-4 [Penalties for Violations] to provide that the penalties apply to all provisions of Article I of Chapter 12; and providing for publication and effective date. 

 

11.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Section 12-81 [Purpose and Schedule] of Article IV [Fire Prevention Fees] of Chapter 12 [Fire Prevention & Protection] of the Code of Ordinances to revise and increase the fees for inspection services; and section 12-82 thereof to increase the fees for secondary inspections; and providing for effective date. 

 

12.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 7 of the Code of Ordinance in order to adopt the 2006 version of one code, and adoption two other, to-wit:

1.      Adopting the 2006 edition of the International Building Code by amending section 7-1 and 7-2; and

2.      Adopting the 2006 edition of the International Mechanical Code, by amending section 7-4; and

3.      Adoption the 2006 edition of the International Residential Code by amending section 7-7; and

4.      Adopting the 2006 edition of the International Property Maintenance code by adding new section 7-8; and

5.      Adopting the International Energy Conservation Code by adding section 7-9; and

6.      Adopting the 2006 edition of the International Existing Building Code, by adding new section 7-10; and

7.      Increase the re-inspection fee from twenty ($20.00) dollars to fifty ($50.00) dollars and providing for publication and effective date.

 

13.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 25 of the Code of Ordinances in order to adopt two other, to-wit:

1.           Amending Section 25-3 to adopt the 2006 Edition of the International Plumbing Code; and

2.           Adding new Section 25-6 (International Fuel Gas Code), thereby adopting the 2006 edition of the International Fuel Gas Code,

3.           Adding Section 25-7 (International Private Disposal Gas Code) thereby adopting the 2006 edition of the International Private Sewage Disposal code; and

4.           Increasing the re-inspection fee from twenty dollars ($20.00) to fifty ($50.00) dollars; and providing for publication and effective date. 

 

14.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2005-06 annual budget by authorizing the City Manager to accept, execute and appropriate revenues and expenditures for the Local Public Health System-Office of Public Health Practices (OPHP) grant in the amount of $306,835.00 from the Texas Department of State Health Services, and amending the Full-Time Equivalent positions (FTEs) for the City of Laredo Health Department.  The term period for the grant is from September 1, 2006, through August 31, 2007.     

 

15.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 15, Health and Sanitation, Article I, In General, Sec. 15-14 of the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances by including the increase in fee from $4.00 to $7.00 per person for the administration of immunizations at the City of Laredo Health Department, and setting a maximum fee of $21.00 per family; and providing for publication and effective date.

 

16.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 13, Food and Food Products, Article II, Food Products Establishments, Section 13-58, Issuance of Food Handler’s Certificates, Division 3 – Employees of the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances by adding section (f) to establish an on-site food service sanitation training and to establish a fee of $250.00 per site as all other fees remain in effect; and providing for publication and effective date.

 

17.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 6, Animal and Fowl, Article II, Rabies Control, Sec. 6-21, Immunization required for dogs and cats of the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances to establish a rabies vaccination fee of ten dollars ($10.00) to assist with the operations of the Animal Control and Rabies Prevention Services; and providing for publication and effective date.

 

18.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2005-2006 Airport Construction Budget to recognize additional revenues from a grant received from the Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program Discretionary Grant being Grant Project No. 3-48-0136-49-06 in the amount of $7,500,000.00 to rehabilitate Phase 2 of the General Aviation Apron, construct Phase 2 of the N.E. Cargo Apron, construct cargo pads at the Laredo International Airport and acquire land and appropriating said grant revenue and local match to the appropriate expenditure accounts and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.  The local match of five (5) percent in the amount of $394,737.00 is available in the Airport Construction Fund-Land Reimbursable Account (Rash Tract).

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

VIII.           INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

19.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Easement and Underground Service Agreement Document WR#5647116 with American Electric Power (AEP) consisting of approximately 276.00 square foot tract of land for a 12 foot wide AEP easement out of Block 18, of the plat of the Laredo Airport, recorded in Volume 5, Page 1, of the plat records of Webb County, Texas, for the installation of electrical facilities at 4608 Daugherty at the Laredo International Airport; providing for an effective date.

 

20.      Repealing City of Laredo Code of Ordinances, Chapter 2-Administration, Article II- Departments, Officers and Employees, Division 1-Generally, Sec. 2-17-Division of Departments; providing for severability, repeal all laws in conflict, and an effective date. 


 

IX.               FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

21.       

 

2006-O-209      Authorizing the City Manager to accept a $3,000.00 donation from Paul Young Properties, LTD. and amending the City of Laredo FY 2005-2006 General Fund Annual Budget by appropriating and revenues and expenditures in the amount of $3,000.00 in the form of a donation for the purpose of building a perimeter fence at the Eastwoods Park.  (As amended)

 

2006-O-210      Amending Chapter 19, Motor and Traffic, Article VIII Stopping, Standing or Parking, Section 19-355, Minimum Fines for Parking Violations for the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo, to increase the minimum fines for the parking violations, include the additional parking violations and associated fines and to add a late charge for nonpayment; and providing for severability, publication and effective date.  (As amended)

 

2006-O-211      Amending the FY 2005-2006 Annual Budget by accepting a grant for $28,500.00 from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the funding of the Joint Hazardous Material Education Initiative.

 

2006-O-212      Amending the City of Laredo FY 2005-2006 Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $164,837.00 in funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services, which includes $24,712.00 from an estimated Program Income for the Tuberculosis Elimination Program of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning September 1, 2006 through August 31, 2007.

 

2006-O-213      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a concession agreement between the City of Laredo and Carlos Becerra, Jr. DBA Carlos Jr. refreshments for the right to sell food and non-alcoholic beverages from a cart at the corner of Iturbide and Convent Streets.  The term of the agreement is for two (2) years at a rate of one hundred fifty dollars ($150) per month.

 

2006-O-214      Accepting funds in the amount of $120,000.00 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 $120,000.00 for salary expenses for Laredo Police Department Communications Division.

 

2006-O-215      Authorizing the City Manager’s acceptance of a grant from the South Texas Development Council (STDC) in the amount of $28,213.00 with no matching funds and amending the City of Laredo’s FY 2005-2006 Annual Budget for the Environmental Services fund by appropriating the said grant revenue to the appropriate expenditure accounts.  The grant funds will be used for a litter reduction campaign. 

 

2006-O-216      Authorizing the City Manager to amend the 2005-2006 Veterans Field Fund Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $114,300.00 for the operations of the Broncos Baseball Team housed at the Veterans Field as part of the lease agreement with Laredo Equities, LLC.

 

2006-O-217      Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Interlocal Agreement with Webb County for the purpose of renovating the Larga Vista Park and authorizing the City to provide park improvements in an amount not to exceed $75,000.00.  Park improvements will include a walking trail, basketball court renovation and other park amenities as specified in Exhibit “A”.

 

2006-O-218      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with USATSM, for approximately 6,017 square feet constituting Section 1 of Building No. 170 located at 5103 Maher Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Lease term is for five (5) years commencing on July 31, 2006, and ending on July 30, 2011.  Monthly rent shall be $2,647.48 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index; providing for an effective date. 

 

2006-O-219      Approving the property exchange agreement with J & J Flores Properties, LTD, copy of which is attached as Exhibit 1; authorizing the City Manager to convey tract of 0.059 acres to J & J Flores Properties, LTD, described therein, authorizing the City Manager to accept deed of 0.1379 acres from J & J Flores Properties, LTD to the City of Laredo described therein; and providing for effective date.

 

2006-O-220      Closing as a public easement, a tract of land, 12.20 ft. wide containing 4,992 sq. ft, more or less, out of the east half of Convent Avenue extending from right-of-way line of Zaragoza Street to International Bridge No. 1 facilities, situated in the Western Division, County of Webb, Texas, as described in Exhibit “A” and providing for an effective date.

 

2006-O-221      Amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances as follows:  Chapter 2, Article II, Division 6 (Pay Administration), Section 2-87.7 (12) (a), providing for a cost of living adjustment increase of 2.5% except as otherwise stated in a collective bargaining agreement; providing for an effective date of October 8, 2006.

 

2006-O-222      Amending Chapter 19 “Motor Vehicles and Traffic”, Article VIII; Stopping, Standing or Parking, of the code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo; specifically Section 19-364, Restricted Parking Areas, establishing a “No Parking Anytime/Tow Away Zone” on the east and west side of the 4900 block to the 5200 block of Tesoro Plaza, located north of West Calton Road, within city limits of Laredo; providing for severability, effective date and publication.

 

2006-O-223      Accepting a grant in the amount of $100,000 from the Texas Department of Transportation for enforcement of Comprehensive Selective Traffic Enforcement Program. The grant period will begin October 01, 2006 and runs thru September 30, 2007.  This grant is for overtime salaries.  The City of Laredo will match with $26,350 for fringe benefits.

 

2006-O-224      Accepting a grant in the amount of $40,000 from the Texas Department of Transportation for performance of the Commercial Motor Vehicle Selective Traffic Enforcement Program from October 01, 2006 through September 30, 2007. This grant is for overtime salaries.  The City of Laredo will match with $10,537 for fringe benefits. 

 

 

X.                 RESOLUTIONS

 

22.      2006-R-087     Authorizing the City Manager to execute a funding agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation and to disburse a payment in the amount of $603,000.00 as the City’s contribution to the cost of right of way acquisition and adjustment of compensable utilities for the portion of the proposed Cuatro Vientos Highway, located from SH 359 to 1.0 miles south of SH 359, identified as location “B” on attachment “B”.  Funding is available in the 2006 C.O.

 

23.      2006-R-088     Authorizing the City Manager to execute a funding agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation and to disburse a payment in the amount of $154,606.00 as the City’s contribution to the cost of right of way acquisition for the portion of the proposed Cuatro Vientos Highway, located from 0.9 miles north of the intersection of SH 359 and Loop 20, to 0.4 miles south of the intersection of SH 359 and Loop 20, as identified on Attachment “A”.  Funding is available in the 2006 C.O.

 

24.      2006-R-089     Authorizing the City Manager to execute a funding agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation and to disburse a payment in the amount of $2,275.00 as the City’s contribution to the cost of right of way acquisition and adjustment of compensable utilities for the portion of the proposed Cuatro Vientos Highway, located from SH 359 to 1.0 miles south of SH 359, identified as location “A” on attachment “B”.  Funding is available in the 2006 C.O.

 

25.      2006-R-090     Officially recognizing the thousands of heroes, victims and survivors of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on our country by declaring September 11th a day of remembrance of the sacrifice made and courage displayed by our fellow Americans.

 

XI.               MOTIONS

 

26.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute an agreement with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) in order to implement the Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) Initiative Program.

 

27.      Amending the capital improvements program public hearing date to September 18, 2006 to be held at the regularly scheduled City Council meeting at City Hall located at 1110 Houston Street at 5:30 p.m.

 

28.      A motion to set the date of September 8, 2006 for a special City Council meeting to introduce an ordinance for the adoption of a tax rate of $0.637000 per $100 value.  The tax rate will provide revenue for general fund and debt service.  The rate includes $0.513745 per $100 value of Maintenance and Operation and $0.123255 per $100 value for the Interest and Sinking Fund of the Debt Service and is estimated to generate a tax levy of $53,431,828.00. 

 

29.      Consideration for approval to reject bid received for the Laredo International Airport construction of Northeast Cargo Apron (Phase II), General Aviation Apron (Phase II) and Southwest Cargo Apron concrete pads and authorization to re-bid the project.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund. 

 

30.      Consideration for approval to award an engineering contract to Freese and Nichols, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, for an amount of $176,415.00 for the design and preparation of plans and specifications for the Materials Recovery Center for the City of Laredo Landfill in accordance with the requirements of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund. 

 

31.      Consideration for approval to award a Professional Services Contract to Carter & Burgess, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $142,347.00 for design and preparation of plans and specifications for the Laredo International Airport General Ramp reconstruction-Phases III and IV, Guidance Sign Layout Plan Modifications and Airport Layout Plan Set Modifications.  Funding is available in the FAA Grant Project No. 3-48-0136-048-2006. 

 

32.      Consideration to authorize the selection of a consultant and enter into negotiations for the update of City of Laredo Parks and Open Space Master Plan.  The consultant recommended for selection is Pemberton Professional Services, LLC.   

 

33.      Consideration to authorize payment to seven vendors (Embarq, Intrado, DIR, AT&T, Nextel Partners, and Verizon) for providing 9-1-1 telephone network, database, wireless, equipment lease, and equipment maintenance services for the four county regional 9-1-1 system in the projected amount of $454,000.00.  (Projected amounts are based on telephone counts at time of billing).  Funding is available in the 9-1-1 Regional Fund. 

 

34.      Consideration to award contract FY06-084 for the purchase of dealer repair parts for the vehicles in the City of Laredo’s Fleet Department to Paul Young Chevrolet, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $20,000.00 and Powell Watson, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $15,000.00.  All parts will be purchased on as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance budget. 

 

35.      Authorizing the City Manager to write-off various antiquated accounts receivable deemed to be un-collectible.  The total amount of the write-off is $725,395.71.  The financial impact to the City is an expenditure in the amount of $23,870.32 for the fiscal year. 

 

36.      Directing staff to prepare a service plan for the voluntary annexation of seven (7) tracts of land totaling 163.76 acres, more or less, as shown on attachment “A”, in accordance with Section 43.052 of the Texas Local Government Code.

 

37.      Award of a two-year professional service contract to First National Bank, Texas, N.A. for banking services to be provided to the City of Laredo for FY 2007 and 2008.  There will be no fees charged to the City with 65% of the 91 Day T-Bill paid on interest earned.

 

38.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of two (2) ¾ ton Suburbans for the Police Department in the total amount of $73,732.00 for Caldwell Country Chevrolet, Inc. through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC)-Cooperative Purchasing Program.  Funding is available from a Homeland Security grant.

 

39.      Authorizing the City Manager to approve payment from the City’s Arena Renewal and Replacement Account for the purchase of replacement parts for disabled chairs, temper glasses, floor scrubber, upright vacuum, u-line refrigerator for suites, chaffing dishes, traffic cones, security camera and table cloths and skirts in a total amount not to exceed $48,000.00.  Items purchased through the Renewal and Replacement Account are on a 50% cost basis to the City of Laredo and a 50% cost to Arena Ventures, L.L.C.; Funding is available in the Renewal and Replacement Account.

 

XII.             GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

40.       

a.       

A.                 Request by Mayor Raul G. Salinas

1.           Discussion with possible action on the creation of an ombudsman position for the City.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Mike Garza.)

 

B.                 Request by Council Member Gene Belmares

1.           Discussion with possible action on extending Shiloh Blvd. from Snow Falls to Killam property.

2.           Status report of one stop development center, with possible action.

 

C.                Request by Council Member Juan Chavez

1.           Discussion with possible action to set a timeline policy for requested information by individual councilmen.

2.           Report on the number of city employees that are issued a city vehicle, the rational and the monthly operational cost with possible action.

3.           Report on the number of city employees that are issued a car allowance, the rational and the dollar amounts with possible action.

 

D.                Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Juan Ramirez

1.           Discussion with possible action on reported burglaries at the El Portal Center and status on police investigations into these incidents.

2.           Discussion with possible action on solicitation violations in the downtown area.

3.           Discussion with possible action on whether or not the City requires in its procurement policies that a construction contractor provide proof that employees and employees of sub-contractors are legally able to work in the U.S.

4.           Status report on the parking lot at the old Customs import lot next to Bridge II and the Santa Ursula Connector.

 

XIII.           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.

 

XIV.         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, August 30, 2006 at 7:30 p.m.

                                                                       

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary