CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2007-R-09

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

MAY 7, 2007

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 December 4, 2006, December 18, 2006 and December 28, 2006.

 

V.                 COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Recognitions

a.      Recognition of Mr. Alfonso Cuellar, Jr., Mr. Danny Lopez, and Mr. Paul H. Young, Jr., inducted into The 2007 Laredo Business Hall of Fame.

 

Communiqués

a.      Invitation by Margarita Araiza, Webb County Heritage Foundation, to Mayor and Council Members to attend the Founders Day Celebration on Saturday, May 12, 2007, at 12:00 p.m. at the T.A.M.I.U. Student Center Ballroom.

 

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

a.      Appointment by Mayor Raul G. Salinas of Manuel Canales and Gerardo Madrazo to the International Trade Blue Ribbon Committee.

 

b.      Appointment by Mayor Pro-Tempore Juan Ramirez of Rosie Reyes to the Third Party Funding Committee.

 

VII.             GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

1.           

 

A.                 Request by Council Member Mike Garza

1.           Discussion with possible action on eliminating Supplemental Agendas.

2.           Discussion with possible action on improvements and renovations to all fire stations and/or any other City facilities.  (Co-sponsored by Mayor Raul G. Salinas)

 

B.                 Request by Council Member Dr. Michael Landeck

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding the possible adoption of a modified Laredo Bridge System Shortage/Overage Policy.

 

2.           Discussion with possible action regarding the abolishment of Mayor appointed committees consisting of City Council Members only; except those required by law and discussing issues that were discussed in front of these committees in open city council sessions with the possibility of adding a third city council meeting per month if necessary.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Juan Chavez)

 

C.                Request by Council Member Juan Chavez

1.           Discussion with possible action on the sale of surplus City owned vacant lots and residential property.

2.           Status report on the recycling streets project, with possible action.

 

D.                Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Juan Ramirez

1.           Discussion with possible action on allowing private contractors to develop in the Zacate Creek area.

2.           Discussion with possible action on building a water park between Sanchez Street and Coke Street along Zacate Creek.

 

 

VIII.           PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

2.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a two (2) year concession agreement between the City of Laredo and the vendor(s) that provide the best value to the City for the right to sell food and non-alcoholic beverages from a cart at designated downtown areas.

 

3.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2007 Solid Waste Fund Budget by appropriating a drawdown of $1,609,960.00 from opening balance and appropriating it for equipment acquisition. The project consists of a Holt Cat Excavator, John Deere Dozer and (2) two Articulated Dump Trucks. The bid price includes provisions for a five year warranty.   

 

4.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance accepting funds in the amount of $10,710.00 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 with Section 771.0751 of the Texas Health and Safety Code and Rule 251.3 Use of Revenue in Certain Counties from the Commission of State Emergency Communications; and amending Fiscal Year 2006-2007 General Fund Budget of the City of Laredo by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $10,710.00 for salary expense for the Laredo Police Department Communications Division salaries.

 

5.           Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute the Local Projects Grant Program in the amount of $10,000.00 from the Texas Department of State Health Services and to amend the Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Special Fire Grant budget to appropriate the said grant award.  The funds will be used to purchase one (1) Life Pak 12 EKG which will replace the current aging EKG equipment.

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

IX.               INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

6.          Authorizing the City Manager to exercise the first five year renewal option for the lease agreement by and between the City of Laredo, (acting as the Mass Transit Board), and Greyhound Lines, Inc./ Valley Transit Company joint venture for a certain premise of 5,000 square feet of commercial area together with a bus parking area containing approximately 18,000 square feet at the Laredo Intermodal Transit Center and described as all of Block Number 49, located in the Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas.  The term of the lease shall commence on July 1, 2007 and end on June 30, 2012, for the monthly rent of $9,572.61 per month.

 

7.          An ordinance deleting Section 24.1.7 [Tree Board] of the Land Development Code to abolish the Tree Board; and amending Section 23-18 [Duties] of Article II [Parks and Recreation Board] of Chapter 23 [Parks and Recreation] of the Code of Ordinances, to add to the duties of that board, the duties formerly carried out by the Tree Board; and amending Section 23-16 [Established] to provide for ex-officio members for the Parks and Recreation Board.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of this item.

 

X.                 FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

8.           

2007-O-064               Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Sports and Community Venue Fund budget by appropriating $125,000.00 for the Arena’s Renewal and Replacement Account.  Each party has to make a yearly contribution of $125,000.00 for facility maintenance.  All expenses are paid through the Renewal and Replacement Account on a 50/50 basis.  Funding is available in the Sports and Community Venue Fund opening balance.

 

2007-O-065               Providing for the adoption of a split program option pursuant to Section 31.03 (a) of the Texas Property Tax Code; which allows a person who pays one-half of the current year property taxes before December 1st may pay the remaining one-half of the taxes without penalty or interest if paid before July 1st of the following year.

 

2007-O-066               Amending the City of Laredo FY 2007-2008 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the following amounts from the South Texas Development Council for three City of Laredo Health Department HIV Programs and the approved full-time equivalent positions involved: (1) HIV/Ryan White an increase of $26,654 for a total amount award of $332,717.00, term from April 1, 2007 through March 31, 2008. (2) HIV/Health & Social Services for a total amount of $51,063.00, for a five (5) month period from April 1, 2007 through August 31, 2007, and (3) Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Project (HOPWA) for a total amount award of $78,674, for a nine (9) month period from April 1, 2007 through January 31, 2008.   (As amended)

 

2007-O-067               Accepting a supplemental grant awarded and amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Financial Task Force grant budget by increasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $6,000.00 for operational expenses awarded by the Office of the National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).  Funds will be used to pay fuel expenses for the Laredo Financial Narcotics Enforcement Team agents from January 1, 2006 through December 31, 2007.

 

2007-O-068               Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 1.27 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located east of Highway 359 and west of Fiesta Subdivision, from R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing an effective date and publication.

 

2007-O-069               Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 46.9 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A,” located at 3220 Bob Bullock – Loop 20, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for an effective date an publication.

 

2007-O-070               Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 12.82 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A,” located at 3221 Bob Bullock – Loop 20, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to B-3 (Community Business District); providing for an effective date and publication.                

 

2007-O-071               Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 6, Block 13, San Isidro- Las Buganvillas Subdivision and .22 acres, as further described by metes and  bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at 10550 Sanderiana Court, from R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for an effective date and publication.    

 

2007-O-074               Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for an upholstery shop on Lot 9, Block 303, Eastern Division, located at 616 Clark Boulevard; providing for an effective date and publication.

 

2007-O-075               Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 7 and 8, Block 80, Eastern Division, located at 417 and 419 Garfield Street, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for an effective date and publication.   

 

2007-O-076               Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 5.31 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located on the South side of Lomas del Sur Boulevard east of Louisiana Avenue, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.    

 

2007-O-077               Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning all of Blocks 734, 734-A, 733, 733-A, 732, 732-A and 737, Western Division, located between Anna Avenue, San Ygnacio Avenue, Poggenpohl Street and Shea Street, from M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District); providing for an effective date and publication.

 

2007-O-078               Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 11.4 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, and located south of State Highway 359 and east of Las Misiones Boulevard, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District); providing for an effective date and publication.

 

 

2007-O-079               Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 24.21 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A” and located south of State Highway 359 and east of Las Misiones Boulevard, from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to R-1A (Single-Family Reduced Area District); providing for an effective date and publication.

 

2007-O-080               Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 26.77 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, and located south of Soria Drive and east of U.S. Highway 83, from R-1MH (Single Family Manufactured Housing District) to R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District); providing for an effective date and publication.     

 

2007-O-081               Temporarily reducing the maximum speed limits on Loop 20, approaching U.S. 59, within the city limits of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, from 55  miles per hour to 45 miles per hour and from 50 miles per hour to 40 miles per hour, as defined in the Texas Department of Transportation Control section map 0086-14, to be in effect during the construction time period, providing for the installation of appropriate signs to indicate new speed changes in the designated areas and providing for publication and effective date.

 

2007-O-082               Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with UETA of Texas, Inc. for the lease of the tract of approximately 73,698.73 square feet tract of land located premises located south of Ventura Street and east of Santa Cleotilde Avenue, a copy of which is attached as Exhibit 1.  Lease shall commence on August 7, 2007 and be for a term of twenty (20) years, with an option to renew for an additional ten (10) years.  The initial annual rent shall be $52,000.00 payable in monthly installments of $4,333.33. 

 

2007-O-083               Authorizing the City Manager to execute all necessary documents to convey to AFW Investments, Ltd., a Texas Limited Partnership, a 0.46 acres, more or less, tract of land being out of Frees street right-of-way from U. S. Highway 83 to 31.13 feet west of Mendiola Avenue, a 0.26 acres, more or less, tract of land being out of Meadow Avenue right-of-way from the south line of the original City of Laredo city limits north 205.25 feet, and a 0.61 acres, more or less, tract of land being out of Mendiola Avenue right-of-way from the south line of the original City of Laredo city limits to Frees Street, as said tracts are recorded in the original plat of the City of Laredo, Volume 7, Page 15, Webb County map records, and described in attached Exhibits a, b and c, respectively; in exchange for a greater size and greater value 3.3 acres, more or less,  tract of land than the three lesser aggregate size and lesser aggregate value tracts being conveyed by the City of Laredo. Said 3.33 acres, more or less, being out of a tract of land containing 42.98 acres, more or less, in Webb County, Texas, out of Porcion 35, Jose Miguel Diaz, original grantee, abstract 546, Webb County, Texas, conveyed to AFW Investments, Ltd., A Texas Limited Partnership, as recorded in Volume 2155, Pages 471-477, Webb County deed records, and described in attached Exhibit D; and providing for an effective date.  

 

XI.               RESOLUTIONS

 

9.          2007-R-031     Authorizing the City Manager the use of surplus proceeds from the City of Laredo-Public Property Finance Contractual Obligations (PPFCO), Series 2006, in the amount of $24,000.00 for the purchase of four replacement vibratory rollers (compactors) for the Public Works Department’s pot hole patching crews.

 

10.      2007-R-035     Authorizing the City Manager the use of surplus proceeds from the City of Laredo Public Property Finance Contractual Obligation (PPFCO), Series 2006 bond for the purchase of the following items for the Fire Department:  two vehicles from Philpott Motors, Port Neches, Texas in the amount of $35,474.00; computer equipment from Dell, Round Rock, Texas, in the amount of $23,476.54; and the software implementation services from SunGuard H.T.E. OSSI, in the amount of $2,700.00.

 

XII.             MOTIONS

 

 

11.      Consideration to reimburse Laredo Development Foundation the amount of $28,390.45 for the Laredo Day legislative trip expenses to Austin, Texas and Washington, D.C. held in January and March 2007, respectively.  A total of $48,440.45 was expensed for both events, and $20,050.00 was committed in donations. Funding is available in General Fund.

 

12.      Amending the 2004 and 2005 Consolidated Year One-Year Action Plans by reprogramming 30th Action Year (AY) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds of $200,000.00 and 31st AY CDBG funds of $300,000.00 by eliminating the funding for the East Side Sports Complex Project and allocating these funds for the East Laredo Drainage Acquisition Project.

 

13.      Authorizing the City Manager to amend Fiscal Year 2006-2007 third party funding contract terms with the Laredo Center for the Arts in order to facilitate their operation cash flow by amending Section 4 (Consideration) and Section 5 (Method of Payment) of said contract by revising the funding reimbursements from quarterly payments of $37,500.00 to monthly payments of $3,478.88 to be paid directly to the Center and $9,021.12 to be paid in rental fees to the “El Mercado” account on behalf of the Center.  The total Fiscal Year 2006-2007 award paid to or on behalf of the Center totals $150,000.00.  Funding is available in the Hotel-Motel Occupancy Tax Fund.

 

14.      Consideration to authorize the City Manager to enter into a contract in the estimated amount of $61,404.00 with the sole source vendor, Sungard H.T.E. (Harward Technical Enterprises), Inc. for providing Building Permits, Click2gov Building Permits and Click2gov Wireless Building Permits software applications.

 

15.      Consideration for approval of Change Order No. 1 a decrease of $1,460.00 for the balance of quantities actually constructed and in place, acceptance of the improvements to the Immunization Clinic at the Laredo Health Department and approval of final payment in the amount of $13,440.01 to Prada Construction Company, Laredo, Texas.  Final construction contract amount is $296,540.00.  Funding is available in the 2005 C.O. Bond.

 

16.      Refund of property tax in the amount of $534.24 payable to William E. Heitkamp due to an overpayment from account #985-60007-400.

 

17.      Consider a recommendation to accept a qualified bid submitted by sole bidder UETA of Texas, Inc., for a duty free/gift shop retail concession located at the Laredo International Airport passenger terminal, at 5210 Bob Bullock Loop and to bring back an Ordinance for introduction.

 

18.      Consideration for approval of amendment no. 1 an increase of $107,117.55 to the architectural/engineering contract with Architects Plus, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Eleden Recreational Facility Project for additional professional services.  Funding is available in the Community Development Construction Projects Fund – Eleden Recreation Center and the 2006 C.O. Bond.  

 

19.      Authorizing the City Manager to approve payment from the City’s Arena Renewal and Replacement Account for the purchase of a motor for a paint mixer, poles for rink glass, gas powered edger, replacement and parts for doors, hammer drill and tool set, cleaning apparatus, golf cart to patrol building, cash registers, file cabinets and computers in a total amount not to exceed $66,000.00.  Funding is available in the Sports and Community Venue Account.

 

20.      Consideration to award contract FY07-107 to the low bidder, Trinity Products, Inc., D. Fallon, MO, in the total amount of $25,866.40 for the purchase of steel pipe casings and casing spacers for the Utilities Department.  These are required for ongoing TXDOT construction projects:  Highway 59, Loop 20, and Highway 359.  Funding is available in the Sewer Fund, 2006 Revenue Fund.

 

21.      Consideration to exercise the renewal option for one additional year for contract number FY06-083 to vendor, MO-VAC Environmental, McAllen, Texas, in the estimated amount of $180,000.00 for furnishing vacuum truck services to transport domestic sewage, sewage sludge, and/or sludge for the Utilities Department.  This service supplements the department’s equipment capabilities and helps control sewage overflows during emergencies.  The frequency and number of hours vary depending on the City’s need.  The bid price is based on a flat hourly rate of $89.00 and a truck washout charge of $100.00.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department Wastewater Fund.

 

22.      Consideration to exercise the renewal option for one additional year for contract number FY06-081 awarded to United Rentals, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $25,000.00 for an equipment rental contract for backhoe/loaders.  A daily rental rate of $71.14 has been established so that backhoe/loaders may be secured on an as needed basis by the Utilities Department for construction and repairs to projects.  Funding is available in the Waterworks Fund.

 

23.      Consideration to award annual supply contract FY07-080 to Clark Hardware in the estimated amount of $100,000.00 and Lowe’s in the estimated annual amount of $32,000.00 for the purchase of plumbing supplies for city maintenance and repair projects.  This is an annual contract and items will be purchased on an as needed basis throughout the year and various city departments.  Funding is available in the Parks and Recreation, Airport, Public Works, Civic Center, Health, Municipal Housing and Utilities Departments Budgets.

 

24.      Consideration to award contract FY07-081 to Naztec Inc., Sugarland, Texas in the total amount of $100,960.00 for the purchase of six (6) traffic signal cabinets required for traffic signal upgrades for the following locations: Del Mar Boulevard at McPherson Avenue, Cedar at Clark Boulevard, Clark at Meadow Avenue, Clark at Seymour Avenue, and Loop 20 at Laredo Town Center.  Funding is available in the Traffic and Airport Department, and the 2006 Certificate of Obligation bond proceeds.

 

25.      Consideration to authorize the installation of speed humps along Buenavista Avenue between East San Jose Street and East Ash Street in accordance with the speed hump installation policy under the special provision for installation; project costs are estimated at $7,200.00.  Funding is available in the Capital Improvement Fund-City Council District IV.

 

26.      Authorizing the City Manager to enter into the second year term of the Council approved (May 23, 2006) contract with Martinez Pharmacy in the amount not to exceed $73,697.00 to provide pharmaceutical services to clients of the HIV/AIDS Programs of the City of Laredo Health Department for the period beginning April 1, 2007, through March 31, 2008.  Funding is available in the State grants HIV/Ryan White and the HIV/Health and Social Services accounts.

 

27.      Ratifying the action taken by the City Manager to authorize emergency construction services in the amount of $155,000.00 to Ellis and Ellis Construction for the emergency repair of a failing sewer collection junction box at the headwork of the South Laredo Wastewater Treatment Plant.  Funding is available in the Waterworks 2006 Bond, Manhole Rehab and Replacement Account.

 

28.      Consideration to award contract FY07-098 to the low bidder, J.R. Landscaping Enterprises, Laredo, TX, in the estimated amount of $75,000.00 for lawn and landscaping repairs caused by utility repairs.  This contract is based on fixed hourly rates for a two man crew and when in need of a licensed irrigator plus, any needed landscaping materials.  Funding is available in the Waterworks and Sewer Funds.

 

29.      Consideration to rescind the award of contract on April 2, 2007 to Coban Research and Technologies, Inc., Stafford, Texas for the purchase of fifty four (54) mobile data terminals in the total amount of $581,439.00; and authorize an award of contract to Motorola, Schaumburg, IL., for the purchase of these fifty four (54) mobile data terminals in the total amount of $578,420.00, through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments cooperative purchasing program.  The contract pricing submitted by Coban Research included a one year warranty on the hardware, did not include a GPS system, and did not include installation.  The Motorola contract pricing includes a three year hardware warranty, the GPS module, and installation of this equipment on fifty four vehicles.  Funding is available in the 2006 Public Property Finance Contractual Obligation bond proceeds and Police Trust Fund.

 

30.      Consideration to award contract number FY07-089 to the low bidder, Ron Grant Equipment, Laredo, Texas, in the total amount of $29,200.00 for the purchase of four (4) equipment trailers. The Parks and Recreation Department will use the trailers to transport backhoes and other equipment to the job sites.  Funding is available in the 2006 Contractual Obligation bond proceeds and the Veterans Field budget.

 

31.      Consideration to ratify the emergency purchase order issued to Turbonetics Engineering & Services, Inc., Corpus Christi, Texas in the total amount of $26,934.00.  The City Manager has authorized emergency rehab repairs to one of the high service pumps at the Sierra Vista pump station.  These repairs were authorized to prevent disruption of pumping capacity in the Sierra Vista service area.  Funding is available in Utilities Department-Water Treatment Division budget.

 

32.      Consideration to award a contract to Seven Trent Laboratories, Corpus Christi, Texas in the estimated annual amount of $100,000.00 for providing laboratory analytical services for water and wastewater samples in accordance to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved standard methods.  The testing laboratory will be responsible for sample handling, analysis and reporting for a wide range of environmental parameters in soil, water and sludge samples for both water and wastewater applications.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department budget, Water Pollution Control Division.

 

33.      Consideration to award contract FY07-096 to the low bidders, Double R Construction, Laredo, Texas, for asphalt repairs in the estimated amount of $275,000.00; and ALC Construction, Laredo, Texas, for concrete repairs in the estimated amount of $296,500.00.  All work will be performed on an as needed basis for repairs required due to utility repairs. Funding is available in the Water and Sewer funds. 

 

34.      Consideration to award contract FY07-076 to the low bidder, Traffic Parts, Inc., Spring, Texas in the amount of $88,398.00 for the purchase of traffic signal assemblies and related materials required for traffic signal upgrades of the following locations:  Clark at Seymour Avenue, Clark at Meadow Avenue, Clark at Cedar Avenue, and Del Mar Boulevard at McPherson Avenue.  Funding is available in the 2006 Contractual Obligation bond proceeds.

 

35.      Consideration to award contract FY07-090 to the low bidder, Eggemeyer Land Clearing, LLC, Yoakum, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $124,500.00 for the grinding of wood waste material (brush, branches, pallets, etc) at the Solid Waste facility.  Approximately 90,000 cubic yards of material will be processed as mulch on an annual basis.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

36.      Consideration to award contract FY07-085 to the low bidder SOS Liquid Waste Haulers, LTD., Company, San Antonio, Texas, in the estimated amount of $47,250.00 to analyze, profile, transport and dispose of sludge and contaminated water collected at the Solid Waste Department’s wash rack and environmental systems.  This contract requires the vendor to remove these materials five times during the contract term.  The term of this contract will be for a one year period with one option to extend this contract for two, one year terms. Funding is available in the Solid Waste Department budget.

 

37.      Consideration to exercise the renewal option for contract number FY06-130 awarded to HD Supply Waterworks, San Antonio, Texas, in the estimated amount of $207,828.94; Ferguson Waterworks, Inc., McAllen, Texas, in the estimated amount of $125,633.98; and Titan Pipe and Supply, Pharr, Texas in the estimated amount of $113,033.50 for the purchase of mechanical joint fittings, valve boxes and pipe tubing for the Utilities Department.  These materials are purchased on an as needed basis by the Utilities Department Water Operations for construction and repair of projects.  Funding is available in the Waterworks Fund.

 

38.      Consideration to amend contract FY05-083 awarded to the low bidders, Laroche Industries, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia, AOC Welding Supplies, Laredo, Texas, FSTI, Manor, Texas, Kemiron Companies, Inc., Lawrence, Kansas, DPC, Industries, Inc., Corpus Christi, Texas, Altivia Corporation, Houston, Texas, Bay Chemical Company, Odem, Texas, Pennco, Inc., San Felipe, Texas, Polydyne, Inc., Richboro, Georgia, Nalco Company, Naperville, Illinois, and Univar USA, Corpus Christi, Texas, for providing water and wastewater treatment chemicals for the Utilities Department by increasing the estimated contract total by $312,000.00.  The proposed amendment would increase the current contract to $1,562,500.00 in order to provide additional funding for the remainder of the current contract term.  A new contract will be awarded June 4, 2007.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department.

 

39.      Consideration to ratify the emergency purchase order issued to Turbonetics Engineering & Services Inc., Corpus Christi, Texas in the total amount of $39,620.00.  The City Manager has authorized emergency rehab repairs to one of the seven raw water intake pumps at the Jefferson water treatment plant.   Repairs to this pump were authorized in order to have all seven intake pumps available for the summer demand.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department – Water Treatment Division budget. 

 

40.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of three (3) service trucks in total amount of $96,882.00 from Philpott Motors, Port Neches, Texas through the BuyBoard cooperative purchasing program’s contract pricing.  Two trucks will be assigned to the Parks and Recreation Department for Veteran’s field operations and one truck will be assigned to the Utilities Department for field operations.  Funding is available in the Veteran’s Field and the Utilities Department funds.

 

XIII.           STAFF REPORTS

 

41.       

 

A.                 Discussion with possible action on setting priorities for the Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Budget Process.

 

B.                 Budget Presentation by Mario Maldonado, Bridge Director, regarding the Shortage and Overage Policy, with possible action.

 

C.                Staff report (1) Concerning the issue of reimbursement of expenses to Mayor and Council Members in view of the recent attorney general opinion; and (2) seeking direction as to whether council wish staff to prepare an ordinance delimiting the expenses that may be reimbursable on the subject; and if so, (3) directing what they wish to have specified in such an ordinance, 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.

 

42.      Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Section 551.071 (1) (A) to consult with attorney on the pending the eminent domain case of City of Laredo v. Luis Montaño, et al Cause No. 2006CVQ002207C3, in County Court at Law No. 2, Webb County, Texas; and return to open session for possible action.

43.      Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071 (1) (A) & (B) for consultation with the City Attorney regarding settlement offer  of pending litigation, being Joe Botello v. City of Laredo, Cause No. 2006CVQ002051-D2, in the District Court 111th Judicial District Webb County, Texas; and return to open session for possible action.

 

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

                       

44.      Consideration to exercise the first year renewal option for contract FY 04-047 for bus exterior and interior advertising service contract  between the City of Laredo and bus ads (Contractor).  Contractor shall be entitled to maintain, and place advertisements outside and inside El Metro Buses for the renewal option term of one (1) one year commencing on June 1, 2007 to May 31, 2008 for the greater of the minimum annual guaranteed revenue or fifty percent of net billings as described in the contract.

 

45.      Consideration to authorize the renewal option for one additional year for contract FY06-071 awarded to the low bidder Safety Kleen Systems, Inc., McAllen, Texas, in the estimated amount of $25,000.00 to analyze, profile, transport and dispose of grit trap waste from a total of four pits at the El Metro facilities.  The term of the contract was for a one year period with an option to extend the contract for two additional years.  This will be the first contract extension.  Funding is available in the Laredo Transit Management budget.

 

46.      Consideration to award annual supply contracts (FY 07-060) for bus and van fleet parts in estimated amounts to the following vendors:

Prevost Parts, Elgin, Ill.,                        $138,533.89

CC Battery, Corpus Christi, TX. -   $56,375.46

Stewart & Stevenson, San Antonio, TX $125,244.32

Capital Bus Sales, Leander, TX.     $39,560.00

MCI Service Parts, Schaumburg, Ill.      $121,235.79

New Flyer, Winnipeg, Canada       $47,476.43

Muncie Transit Supply, Muncie, IN.,    $122,345.36

Gillig Corporation, Hayward, CA.

$ 33,419.26

National Bus Sales, Marietta, GA.,       

 $ 32,909.76

Thermo King, Laredo, TX.,          $28,457.16

RDO Equipment Co., Laredo,TX          

$ 28,382.62

Gonzalez Auto Parts, Laredo, TX. 

$ 9,068.18

Contracts will be awarded by item(s) to the lowest responsible bidder for parts most commonly purchased for non-warranty repairs.  All items will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the El Metro Operations Fund.

 

47.      Presentation by Rick Dunning, Senior Vice President, First Transit, Inc., on the recommendation of Mr. Feliciano Garcia as the General Manager, for the Laredo Transit Management Company, Inc., with possible action.

 

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

 

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, May 2, 2007 at 8:30 p.m.

 

 

 

                                               

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

      City Secretary