CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2007-R-14

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

JULY 9, 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.

 

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

 

 

I.                    CALL TO ORDER

 

II.                  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

III.                ROLL CALL

 

IV.               MINUTES

 

V.                 COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Recognitions

 

a.      Recognition of Odie Arambula, of the Laredo Morning Times for being an outstanding journalist and for his contributions to public service.

 

b.      Recognition of Ricardo Gomez of the Community Development Department on his selection as July 2007 employee of the month.

 

c.      Recognition of the 2007 Texas Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program city employee graduates for the successful completion of the program.

 

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

 

Appointment by Mayor Raul G. Salinas of Rafael Tawil to the Transportation   & Traffic Safety Advisory Committee.

 

 

VII.             GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

1.           

a.       

b.       

A.                 Request by Mayor Raul G. Salinas

1.           Status report on the installation of a traffic signal light at the International Airport and Bob Bullock Loop, with possible action.

 

B.        Request by Council Member Mike Garza

1.      Discussion with possible action to consider hiring a firm to evaluate the Santo Niño Branch Library construction options with possible funding coming from interest income.

 

2.      Discussion with possible action on a resolution in support of the National Hispanic Museum in Washington, D.C.

 

B.                 Request by Council Member Dr. Michael Landeck

1.           Discussion and possible action regarding cooperation with the “Laredo Broncos” professional baseball team for the construction of a baseball stadium.  Presentation by representatives of the Broncos organization.

 

C.                Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Gene Belmares

1.           Status report on the dedication of right-of-way and the extension of Shiloh.

 

2.           Status report on the water main replacements for the Regency Subdivision.

 

D.                Request by Council Member Juan Chavez

1.           Motion, to instruct the City Manager to draft a letter to the Federal Railroad Administration and the Texas Department of Transportation and copy our representatives at the Federal and State level, addressing the Union Pacific Railroad reluctance to understand the safety issues and concerns caused by their standing trains to the citizens, especially the children, of District 7 and District 8, with possible action.  (Co-sponsored by Mayor Raul G. Salinas and Council Member Juan Ramirez)

 

E.                 Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding the removal of loading zones in front of vacant buildings in the downtown area and substitute these zones with the placement of parking meters.

 

2.           Discussion with possible action on installing brick pavers at the Civic Center in front of the auditorium.

 

 

VIII.           PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

2.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2006-2007 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $30,000.00 of additional funds to the Health Department’s budget from the Texas Department of State Health Services to the Title V Family Planning Services grant for a total amount awarded of $91,068.00 for a term from September 1, 2006 through August 31, 2007.

 

3.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo 2006-2007 budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $23,774.00 of additional funds to the Health Department’s budget from the Texas Department of State Health Services for the Health Department Public Health Preparedness, Epidemiology, Pandemic Influenza and Early Warning Infectious Disease Surveillance for a total grant amount of $955,873.00 term period from September 1, 2005, through August 31, 2007; amending the Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Full Time Equivalent positions to be increased by two (2); and authorizing the City Manager to execute contract.

 

4.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance allowing interested persons to comment on the 2007 Consolidated One Year Action Plan which identifies the projects proposed to be funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through entitlement program funds and anticipated program income, as follows:

 

33rd  Action Year Community Development Block Grant $3,711,664 and $96,060 in CDBG Program Income

 

Community Development Administration                             $629,978      

Housing Rehabilitation Administration                                  $194,200

Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program

($96,060 derived from CDBG Program Income)                $351,999

           Code Enforcement                                                                   $504,820

Graffiti Removal Program                                                      $  43,573

Hamilton Hotel - Section 108 Loan Repayment                   $163,154      

Cielito Lindo Park                                                                   $225,000

Slaughter Park Construction                                                  $400,000

Shade Structures along Zacate Creek                                 $100,000

Sidewalks (District IV)                                                            $125,000

Sidewalks (District V)                                                             $125,000

Fire Truck (Station #4)                                                            $340,000

EMS Ambulance (Station #1)                                                $180,000

Eistetter Park Multi-purpose Field Improvements              $100,000

Dryden Park Expansion                                                          $225,000

Canizales Park Pavilion and Improvements             $100,000

              

2007 HOME Investment Partnership Grant $1,290,876 and $60,006 in Program Income

 

HOME Program Administration                                             $129,087

Downpayment Assistance                                                      $697,683

Tenant-Based Rental Assistance                                          $330,480

Community Housing Development Organizations   $193,632

              

2007 American Dream Downpayment Initiative $12,841

  

Downpayment Assistance                                                      $12,841

 

2006 Emergency Shelter Grant $160,079

 

ESG Program Administration                                                $  2,600

Homeless Prevention Program                                             $48,000

Homeless Shelter Program

(Operations and Rehabilitation)                                             $69,479                     

Essential Services                                                                  $40,000

 

 

 (Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

IX.               INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

5.          Authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to the lease agreement approved by Ordinance No. 2004-O-184 dated August 2, 2004 between the City of Laredo, as Lessor, and Ronny Salamon d/b/a Avionics Services, as Lessee, for approximately 5,980 square feet constituting Hangar No. 1307 located at 4400 Maher Avenue at the Laredo International Airport.  Said amendment will extend the lease term five (5) years ending on July 31, 2012 and increase the monthly rental to $1,675.00 and will be adjusted annually according to changes in the Consumer Price Index.  All other terms and conditions remain unchanged and in effect; providing for an effective date.

 

6.          Amending Section 3(a) of Ordinance 2007-O-097 to reflect that the allowable monthly reimbursement for transportation/vehicle cost for the Mayor is $1,200.00, instead of $500.00; and ratifying reimbursement of the amount of $1,200.00 for the June 2007 payment for same.

 

X.                 FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

7.           

 

2007-O-123               Amending Chapter 30 (Taxation) Section 4 (Credit Card Processing Fee) of the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances clarifying conditions under which a credit card payment convenience fee will apply and amending the fee from 1.8% to 3% of the transaction amount, thus assessing a fee which is in line with other taxing units.

 

2007-O-124               Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Health Department’s annual budget by reducing the amount of $2,000.00 to reflect the actual amount awarded of $132,342.00 due to realignment of Fiscal Year 2007 funds by the Texas Department of State Health Services to the City of Laredo Health Department La Familia Health Care Program for the period of September 1, 2006 through August 31, 2007.

 

2007-O-125               Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Annual Budget by appropriating revenues from the Social and Health Research Center-University of Texas Health and Science Center at San Antonio (SAHRC-UTHSCSA) and expenditures in the amount of $250,000.00 for Proyecto Bienestar-Laredo to conduct the 2nd year of this three (3) year Early School Health Based Diabetes Reduction Project (226-6407); and increasing the Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Full Time Equivalent positions by two (2).

 

2007-O-126               Amending the FY 2006-2007 City of Laredo Budget in the City Secretary’s Office Division by accepting a donation of $1,080.06 from Laredo National Bank – BBVA and $300.00 from Falcon National Bank and appropriating said funds for the purpose of the Youth Committee to travel and participate in a student exchange program with our Sister City of Laredo, Spain.  (As amended)

 

 

2007-O-127               Amending Section 2-227(f) [Meetings] of Chapter 2 of the Code of Ordinances to redefine the attendance requirement for members of the Convention and Visitors Bureau Advisory Board requirements, namely, that number of permitted absences is defined by the calendar year.

 

2007-O-128               Amending Section 2-223 [Convention and Visitors Bureau Advisory Board] to abolish the nominating committee which was created in that section; and providing for an effective date.

 

2007-O-129               Amending Sections 19.541-19.543 of the Code of Ordinances to abolish the Transit Committee; and providing for an effective date.

 

 

XI.               RESOLUTIONS

 

8.          2007-R-052     Authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute an Interlocal government agreement between the City of Laredo Police Department and the Webb County Sheriff’s Office.  The purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is to jointly apply for a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Justice Programs, and Bureau of Justice Assistance, in the amount of $125,687.00.  This (MOU) is required in order to receive funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance Program.

 

9.          2007-R-053     Authorizing the City Manager to submit a Grant application to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) in the amount of $50,000.00 with no matching funds.  Funds will be used to fund the production of the Dos Laredos Non-Point Source Pollution Early Childhood Education video.

 

10.      2007-R-054     Authorizing participation of the 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.

 

11.      2007-R-055     Supporting the financing, construction and operation of a Fifth International Bridge in South Laredo, Webb County, Texas and a Railroad Bridge at Colombia through the joint efforts of Webb County and the City of Laredo, Texas.

 

XII.             MOTIONS

 

12.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract with Denton, Navarro, Rocha & Bernal, a professional corporation for legal services to assist the Acting City Attorney, such assistance to include legal advice, counsel evaluation, ordinance and document preparation and litigation services for the City of Laredo until there is sufficient staff in the legal department.  The firm will charge a rate $220.00 per hour for the shareholders, $180.00 per hour for associates and paralegals at the rate of $65.00 per hour.  Expenses will also be submitted such as hotel and other reasonable fees for reimbursement.  This contract is estimated not to exceed the amount of $75,000.00.  Funding is available in the Legal Department Budget.

 

13.      Consideration to authorize the City Manager to retain private counsel, Albert Lopez, to represent the City and the Firemen’s and Police Officers Civil Service Commission in the case of Jorge A. Almazan v. City of Laredo, et al in Cause No. 2001-CVQ-869 in the 49th District Court.  Funding is available in the Legal Department Budget.

 

14.      Consideration to authorize the City Manager to retain private counsel, Albert Lopez, to represent the City in the case of Laredo Fraternal Order of Police, et al v. City of Laredo and Laredo Police Officers Association, in Cause No. L-04-CV-134 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.  Funding is available in the Legal Department Budget.

 

15.      Consideration to award a supply contract number FY07-134 to the lowest bidder, HD Supply Waterworks, San Antonio, Texas, in the estimated amount of $170,646.99 for the purchase of water meters for the Utilities Department.  The bid pricing will be fixed for a one (1) year period and will allow the department to purchase meters on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in Utilities Department budget.

 

16.      Consideration to amend contract FY06-003 currently awarded to Delta Motor Repairs, Freer, Texas, in the amount of $45,000.00 for providing electric motor repair service for the Utilities Department.  Due to an increase in pump and motor repairs, the proposed amendment would increase the current contract to $225,000.00 in order to provide funding for the remainder of the contract term.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department budget.

 

17.      Consideration to ratify the emergency purchase order issued to ITT Flygt Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA in the total amount of $39,985.00.  The City Manager has authorized an emergency purchase of a 65 HP submersible pump for availability upon emergency failures.  This pump is needed to prevent reduction in treatment capacity at the Jefferson Water Treatment plant.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department-Water Treatment Division budget.

 

18.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of seven (7) street sweepers from Tymco International, LTD., in the total amount of $1,058,822.63 through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) Cooperative Purchasing Program’s contract pricing.  These sweepers are assigned to the Public Works Department.  Funding is available from 2007 Certificates of Obligation bond proceeds.

 

19.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of one (1), GMC cab and chassis with water tank from Rush Truck Centers of Texas L.P., in the total amount of $67,451.00 through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) Cooperative Purchasing Program’s contract pricing.  This truck will be assigned to the Public Works Department.  Funding is available from 2007 Certificates of Obligation bond proceeds.

 

20.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of four (4), 2008 GMC cab chassis for brush loaders from Rush Truck Centers of Texas L.P., in the total amount of $240,472.00 and four (4) dump body units with grapple attachments from Heil of Texas in the total amount of $208,192.74 through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) Cooperative Purchasing Program’s contract pricing.  These trucks will be assigned to the Solid Waste Department.  Funding is available in the 2007 Certificates of Obligation bond proceeds.

 

21.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of diesel engine driven back up power generator from Waukesha-Pearce Industries, in the total amount of $58,584.22 through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) Cooperative Purchasing Program’s contract pricing.  This will be a replacement generator that will be installed at the World Trade Bridge.  Funding is available in the Bridge System budget.

 

22.      Consideration to reject the sole bid received for bid FY07-111, mechanical bar screen equipment for the Utilities Department’s Wastewater Treatment Plant and authorizing the City Manager to solicit new bids.  The bid amount exceeds the budgeted amount.  The bid specifications for this project will be modified in order to stay within the budget allocation for this project.

 

23.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of three (3), pothole patcher units from Bergkamp, Inc., in the total amount of $164,886.75; and three (3), GMC cab and chassis for the pot hole patcher unit from Rush Truck Centers of Texas, L.P., in the total amount of $159,600.00 through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) Cooperative Purchasing Program’s contract pricing.  Funding is available in the 2007 Certificates of Obligation bond proceeds.

 

24.      Consideration for approval to award a professional services contract to GPS Engineering, L.L.C., Laredo, Texas, for an amount of $36,000.00 for design and preparation of plans and specifications for the Hydrology and Hydraulic Study for Flood Control at the North Heights Subdivision.  Funding is available in the Environmental Services Storm Water Improvements Fund-Consultant Fees.

 

25.      Consideration to award contract FY07-117 to the following providers:  primary vendor-Bound Tree Medical; secondary vendors:  Southeastern Emergency, Matrix Medical, Tri-Anim Health Services, Moore Medical, First Line, L.L.C., School Health Corp., Dealmed, Inc., and Ever Ready First Aid, for the purchase of medical supplies used by the Fire Department-Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Division.  This contract establishes a fixed contract price for a twelve (12) months term and allows the Fire Department to purchase medical supplies as needed throughout the contract period.  Approximately $118,000.00 is purchased on an annual basis.  Funding is available in the Fire Department-EMS Budget.

 

26.      Refund of property tax in the amount of $1,100.69 to the following taxpayers:  A refund of property tax in the amount of $600.00 payable to Countrywide Home Loans due to an overpayment.  Account # 922-50017-110.  A refund in the amount of $500.39 payable to Closner Construction due to an overpayment.  Account # 801-03020-113.

 

27.      Ratify action taken by the City Manager to approve the purchase and installation of new electrical and instrumentation control equipment for the Jefferson Water Treatment Plant (WTP) filter control system for System Control & Instrumentation, Ltd. (SCI) in the amount of $74,445.00.  Funding is available in the 2006 Revenue Bond. 

 

28.      Ratifying the action taken by the City Manager of the award of a contract to Wade & Associates in a sum not to exceed $200,000.00 to provide the emergency sanitary sewer cleaning of debris, sand, and grit of 24”, 30”, 15”, and 12” segments of collectors along the Mines Rd and I-35 sections.    Funding is available in the 2006 Sewer Bond Issuance account.

 

29.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of two (2), boom mower tractors from the John Deer Company (Barbee Neuhaus Implement Company) in the total amount of $178,089.46 through the BuyBoard Cooperative Purchasing Program’s contract pricing.  These mowers will be assigned to the Public Works Department.  Funding is available in the 2007 Certificates of Obligation bond proceeds.

 

30.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute an annual contract with Motorola Inc. in the amount of $134,349.96 for the maintenance agreement of the City of Laredo’s 800 MHz. Trunked Radio Communications System, as described in exhibit “A” attached.  In general, the contract provides annual maintenance for the infrastructure equipment, support, and software upgrades.  Funding is available in the Information Technology and Support Service Fund.

 

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.

 

31.      Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071 (1) (B) to consult with Tax Attorney representing the City of Laredo regarding pending litigation; Cause No. 2005-CVQ00883-D1 Ramona Uvalle Ibarra vs City of Laredo, et al, in the 49th Judicial District of Webb County, Texas and return to open session for possible action.

 

32.      Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071 (1) (B) to consult with our attorney regarding pending litigation:  Cause No. 2004-CVF001677-D2 Marcos Ibarra, et al vs. City of Laredo, et al, in the 111th Judicial District of Webb County, Texas and return to open session for possible action.

 

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

                       

33.      Consideration to award contract FY07-135 to the lowest bidder, Texas Fleet Supply in the estimated amount of $25,000.00 for providing inventory automotive batteries for El Metro buses, vans and support vehicles.  This contract will be for a period of one (1) year with the option for two (2) additional one-year periods.  All batteries will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the El Metro Operations Fund.

 

34.      Consideration to award an annual miscellaneous auto parts contract number (FY07-113) to the following Multiple Bidders, in the estimated amount of $9,000.00 each for the purchase of miscellaneous auto parts for El Metro. They are as follows:

 

1.             Andy’s Auto & Bus Air, Laredo, TX                             $9,000

2.             New Flyer Industries, Winnipeg, MB. Canada            $9,000

3.             C. C. Battery, Co. Inc., Corpus Christi, TX                  $9,000

4.             O’Reilly Auto Parts, Inc., Laredo, TX                           $9,000

5.             D&D Automotive Paints, Laredo, TX              $9,000

6.             Paul Young Chevrolet, Laredo, TX                              $9,000

7.             Full Service Auto Parts, Laredo, TX                            $9,000

8.             Rush Truck Centers of Texas-LA, Laredo, TX           $9,000

9.             Gonzalez Auto Parts, Inc., Laredo, TX                        $9,000

10.         Sames Motor Co., Laredo, TX.                                    $9,000

11.         Laredo Wholesale, Laredo, TX.                                   $9,000

12.         Texas Fleet Supply, Laredo, TX                                  $9,000

13.         Muncie Reclamation & Supply, Muncie, IN                 $9,000

 

Total: $117,000.00

 

This contract establishes discount percentage pricing for those miscellaneous auto parts not covered in the Automotive Parts contracts FY07-060 and FY07-019.  These vendors have offered percentage discount pricing from their general catalogues.  All items will be purchased on an as needed basis and funding will be secured from El Metro budget. 

 

XV.           RECESS AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD AND CONVENE 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 Thursday, July 5, 2007 at 9:00 p.m.

                                                                       

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary