CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2007-R-01

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

January 2, 2007

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

 

Recognitions

 

Communiqués

 

Citizen comments

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

 

VI.               APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES


 

VII.             GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

1.           

a.       

A.                 Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Juan Ramirez

1.           Discussion with possible action on waiving fees on facilities and equipment for the Sister Cities Festival at the Civic Center.

2.           Discussion with possible action on fixing sewer problems at Flores and Zaragoza and the 1200 block of Grant Street.

3.           Discussion with possible action on increasing the lumens of the street lights on Grant and Iturbide from Convent to Santa Maria and to install street lights at the intersection of Zaragoza and Santa Maria.

 

VIII.           PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

2.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo’s FY 2006-2007 annual budget by authorizing the addition of one (1) Investigator position by reclassification of one (1) officer position in the Laredo Police Department’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Agency (HIDTA) program.  There is no cost to the City of Laredo’s General Fund.  Funding is available from within the HIDTA program. 

 

3.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2006-2007 budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $257,702.00 in additional funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services for the Public Health Preparedness and Epidemiology Program-Pandemic Influenza Work Plan of the City of Laredo Health Department for a total grant amount of $932,099.00, and extending the grant period which ends December 31, 2006, an additional eight (8) months.  The term period from September 1, 2005, through August 31, 2007; amend the FY 2006-2007 full-time equivalent positions, and authorizing the City Manager to execute the contract.    

 

4.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2006-2007 Annual Budget for the South Texas Regional 9-1-1 System Fund by adding one (1) full time equivalent (FTE) position. The position would be responsible for assisting the four county region of Jim Hogg, Starr, Webb, and Zapata counties with 9-1-1 database matters.   Funding in the estimated amount of $ 22,000 for the remaining eight months of the fiscal year is available in the 9-1-1 Regional Fund.

 

5.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Ordinance 2006-O-073, Chapter 15 Health and Sanitation, Article VI “No Smoking in Public Places”, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo, Texas by amending Sections 15-78 through 15-81; “No Smoking in Public Places”, to include declared and approved establishments by the City of Laredo Health Department as providing services solely to patrons ages 21 and older, who have applied and been granted a permit as a 21 years of age and older place of business.  Approved businesses will pay an application and a permit fee to allow smoking.  The ordinance also provides for violations and penalties and enforcement of the policies of this chapter, and for providing severability and an effective date and publication.

 

6.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2006-2007 annual budget by decreasing the grant award amount by $44,012.00 from the Texas Department of State Health Services for the Prevention Services for HIV-Infected Persons Project (PSHIP) of the City of Laredo Health Department for a total amount of $69,993.00 for contract period beginning January 1, 2007 through August 31, 2007 and amending the Full Time Equivalent positions.

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

IX.               INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

7.          Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Easement and Underground Service Agreement Document WR16640801 with AEP Texas Central Company (AEP) consisting of approximately 22,440.17 square feet of land within the Laredo International Airport Passenger Terminal Subdivision, recorded Volume 16, Pages 45-47, Webb County Map Record, Webb County, Texas, for the installation of underground electrical facilities to serve Laredo International Airport at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop; providing for an effective date.

 

X.                 FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

8.           

2006-O-335      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). 

 

2006-O-336      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).  

 

2006-O-337      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.

 

2006-O-338      Amending the FY 2006-2007 Annual Operating Budget in the Fire Prevention and Arson Fund Budget by accepting a donation of $2,250.00 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.  (As amended)

 

2006-O-339      Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $1,701,830.00.  The revenues are from lease purchase proceeds related to the financing of fifty-four (54) marked police patrol units for the Laredo Police Department.  (As amended)

 

2006-O-340      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.

 

2006-O-341      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.

 

2006-O-342      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.

 

2006-O-343      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.  (As amended)

 

2006-O-344      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.

 

2006-O-345      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.

 

2006-O-346      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.

 

2006-O-347      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.

 

2006-O-349      Altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 33.19 acres, more or less, located approximately north of Bob Bullock Loop and east of East Point Drive, specifically the U.I.S.D. Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of R-1 (Single Family Residential District).  (Introduction of Ordinance will be held on December 28, 2006)

 

2006-O-350      Altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 52.94 acres, more or less, located approximately north of SH 359 and west of Los Altos Subdivision and north of Tanquecitos Phase 2, specifically the Tanquecitos Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of R-1-MH (Single Family Manufactured Housing District).  (Introduction of Ordinance will be held on December 28, 2006)

 

2006-O-351      Altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 1.85 acres, more or less, located approximately 4.3 miles east of Loop 20 and south of SH 359, specifically the Alarcon Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of M-1 (Light Manufacturing District).  (Introduction of Ordinance will be held on December 28, 2006)

 

2006-O-352      Altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 21.09 acres, more or less, located approximately south of Highway 59, and east of Loop 20, specifically the Hurd Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District).  (Introduction of Ordinance will be held on December 28, 2006)

 

2006-O-353      Altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 44.53 acres, more or less, located approximately north of Pita Mangana and east of Highway 83, specifically the 4 V Holding Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District).  (Introduction of Ordinance will be held on December 28, 2006)

 

2006-O-354      Altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of 2.45 acres, more or less, located approximately south of SH 359 and north of the E.G. Ranch Tract 1, specifically the Key Energy Annexation Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of M-1 (Light Manufacturing District).  (Introduction of Ordinance will be held on December 28, 2006)

 

2006-O-355      Altering and extending the boundary limits of the City of Laredo, annexing additional territory of  7.71 acres, more or less, located approximately north of SH 359 and west of the U.I.S.D. Student Activity Complex Educational Center, specifically the Gutierrez/Izaguirre Tract, providing for the effective date of the ordinance, authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract adopting a service plan for the annexed territory, and establishing the initial zoning of B-3 (Community Business District).  (Introduction of Ordinance will be held on December 28, 2006)

 

XI.               RESOLUTIONS

 

9.          2006-R-117     Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant from the Target Community Giving Programs in the amount of $4,700.00.  Funds will be deposited in the Friends of the Library Fund and used to expand the Laredo Public Library’s “Schools Out! Now What?” program.

 

XII.             MOTIONS

 

10.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to the contract with the Laredo Morning Times to extend the deadline for delivery of the 2007 Laredo/Nuevo Laredo Official Visitors Guide from January 15, 2007 to February 14, 2007.

 

11.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of a second order of magnetic cards from the low bidder Electronic Data Magnetics, Inc., High Point, N.C.,  in the amount of  $43,750.00,  for the purchase of  custom magnetic cards (Gateway Pass) for the Bridge Department.  The bid contract contains provisions for additional orders of magnetic cards.  Funding is available in the Bridge Fund.  

 

12.      Consideration to exercise the renewal option for one additional year for contract FY05-051 for the purchase of dealer repair parts for the vehicle fleet to:  Sames Motor Company, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $70,000.00 and North Park Lincoln, San Antonio, Texas, in the estimated amount of $20,000.00.  All parts will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance budget.

 

13.      Consideration to exercise renewal option for contract FY05-049 for the following annual contracts, for repair parts and service for Elgin and Tymco street sweepers and Case Equipment:  Kinloch Equipment, Pasadena, Texas, in the estimated amount of $40,000.00; Industrial Disposal Supply, San Antonio, Texas, in the estimated amount of $25,000.00, and Nueces Power Equipment, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $25,000.00.  All parts and service will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance budget.

 

14.      Authorizing the City Manager to award a contract in the amount of $89,952.00 to Alliance Transportation Group, Inc., for the development of the San Bernardo Avenue Renovation and Restoration Project.  Funding for the project is available in the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) account using federal planning grant (PL112) funds.

 

15.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of fifty-four (54) police sedans in the total amount of $1,701,830.00 from Dallas Dodge, through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) cooperative purchasing program.  Funding is available in the Police Trust Fund.

 

16.      Consideration to authorize a lease purchase contract with Baystone Financial Group in the total amount of $1,634,651.97, through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) cooperative purchasing program for the 54 police sedans being purchased from Dallas Dodge.  Funding is available in the Police Trust Fund.

 

17.      Consideration to exercise the renewal option for contract FY05-052 to the low bidder meeting specifications, Southern Tire Mart, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $143,320.00 for the purchase of tires for all City vehicles.  All tires are purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Fund.

 

18.      Consideration to award contract FY07-006 for the purchase of general office supplies to the low bidders, Patria Office Supply, Laredo, Texas and Executive Office Supply, Laredo, Texas.  Departments will be able to order from the vendor’s general catalogues.  Funding is available in office supply line item budgets for the respective departments.

 

19.      Consideration to exercise the renewal option for contract amount number FY05-107 for repair parts and service for the refuse truck equipment awarded to McNeilus Truck, Hutchins, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $50,000.00 and for repair parts and service for lawn equipment to Jones Equipment & Turf, Inc., New Braunfels, Texas in the estimated amount of $5,000.00.  All parts and services are secured on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance budget.

 

20.      Consideration to award contract number FY07-038 to the low bidder, Grant Environmental Group, Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $54,392.00 for modifications to the airport elevated tank for the Utilities Department.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department Construction Fund.

 

21.      Authorizing the City Manager to select and enter into negotiations for a consulting contract for advertising and promotion services in order to conduct a city wide anti-vandalism awareness campaign for the Parks and Recreation Department.  The consultant recommended for selection is PM Design Group. 

 

22.      Authorizing the City Manager to approve payment from the City’s Arena Renewal and Replacement Account for the purchase of Zamboni tires and other parts, control panel upgrade for ice plant system and re-stripping of parking lot in a total amount not to exceed $25,000.00. Funding is available in the Sports and Community Venue Account.

 

23.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of a records management and mobile incident software solution from Sunguard H.T.E. in the total amount of $122,260.00 for the Fire Department.  This software solution will be part of the fully integrated information management system solution recently approved for the Police Department.  Funding will be secured from a Homeland Security Grant.

 

24.      Consideration to award contract number FY07-036 to the low bidder, Galls, Inc., Lexington, Kentucky, in the amount of $94,482.86 for the purchase of one hundred and fifty four (154) soft body armor vests for the Police Department.  The contract price will be firm for a one year period with an option to renew for an additional year upon mutual agreement by the contract vendor of the City of Laredo.  Funding is available in the Police Department’s budget.

 

25.      Consideration to exercise the renewal option for contract FY05-032 for the following annual contracts for repair parts for the heavy equipment fleet:  Holt Company of Texas, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $200,000.00 and RDO Equipment Company, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $20,000.00.  All parts and services will be purchased on as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance budget.

 

26.      Consideration to reject all bids submitted for the purchase of portable signs for contract FY07-028 and to authorize the purchase of four (4) solar, portable message signs from American Signal, Atlanta, Georgia in the total amount of $55,000.00 through the State of Texas Building and Procurement Commission’s (TBPC) Cooperative Purchasing Program.  The portable signs will be purchased for the Traffic Department.  Funding is available in the 2006 C.O. PPFCO Fund.

 

27.      Refund of property tax in the amount of $1,301.02 to the following tax payers and companies:

                                               A.      A refund in the amount of $650.70 payable to Arrowhead Land Development due to an erroneous payment.  Account #922-10001-130.

                                               B.      A refund in the amount of $650.32 payable to Roberto and Martha Barrera due to an overpayment.  Account #973-10012-100.

 

 

XIII.           STAFF REPORTS

 

28.       

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

 

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

 

                                                          C.      Presentation regarding the Assessment of Disposal Alternatives for the City of Laredo Landfill by Kevin Yard from SCS Engineers.

 

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

                       

29.      Authorizing the City Manager to waive the parking fee for persons attending the Popeye’s Mardi Gras Jamboozie and implementing a flat fee charge of $200.00 to the Streets of Laredo Urban Mall Association for personnel costs, overtime and extra security for traffic crowd control for the use of the parking facility on January 27, 2007 from 5:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

 

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

 

This notice was posted at the Municipal Government Offices, 1110 Houston Street, Laredo, Texas, at a place convenient and readily accessible to the public at all times. Said notice was posted on Wednesday, December 27, 2006 at 7:30 p.m.

 

 

                                   

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary