CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2007-R-15

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

AUGUST 6, 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

 

Approval of the minutes of April 2, 2007, April 16, 2007, April 20, 2007 and   April 23, 2007. 

 

V.                 COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Recognitions

 

Communiqués

Presentation by City of Laredo Youth Committee on the Sister Cities International Youth Exchange Program with the students of Laredo, Cantabria, Spain.

 

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 of Carmen Escamilla as South Texas Library System (STLS) Lay Representative and Beatrice Escamilla,  Alternate Lay Representative, for two (2) year terms (September 1, 2007 through August 31, 2009) as required by the "Texas Library Systems Act and Rules for Administering the Library System Act" / Texas Administrative Code –Title 13: Part I: Chapter 1: Library Development Section 1.115 – 1.116. ( Revised, 1993) Replacing Mely Paez and Bertha Puig whose terms expire August 31, 2007.

VII.             GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

1.           

a.       

A.                 Request by Council Member Hector J. Garcia

 

1.           Discussion with possible action on placing speed humps on Napoleon Street near Santo Nino Elementary School due to safety reasons.

 

2.           Discussion with possible action on a report of the flooding on Ash Street.

 

B.                 Request by Council Member Dr. Michael Landeck

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding a proposal for the sale of the 88.6913-acres of land to the Laredo Town Center, L.P.

 

C.                Request by Council Member Juan Chavez

 

1.           Discussion on dedicating a certain percentage of the gross revenues of the World Trade and Colombia Bridge crossings to repair/reconstruct the Industrial Parks/Warehousing streets with possible action. (Co-Sponsored by Mayor Raul G. Salinas)

 

2.           Presentation by Union Pacific Railroad representatives on their short and long range plans to resolve the blocking of rail crossings in District VII and District VIII, with possible action. (Co-Sponsored by Mayor Raul G. Salinas and Council Member Juan Ramirez)

 

D.                Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.           Discussions with possible action on having police presence at Bridges I and II fulltime.

 

2.           Discussion with possible action on improving the park benches at Jarvis Plaza and any other park within the downtown area focusing mostly on installing an arm rest between the benches.

 

3.           Discussion with possible action on improving downtown parking lots with a garage storage auto lift system.   

 

4.           Discussion with possible action on co-sponsoring the Fiesta en La Playa to be held at the Laredo Civic Center on September 1, 2007, which is being sponsored by the Laredo Hotels and Lodging Association.

 

VIII.           PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

2.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Fiscal Year stated on Ordinance 2007-O-110, this grant affects one (1) month of Fiscal Year 2006-2007 (September 1 thru September 30, 2007) and continues in Fiscal Year 2007-2008 (October 1 thru August 31, 2008).  The City of Laredo Health Department is amending the Fiscal Year 2006-2007 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $70,000.00 in funds from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to operate and maintain three (3) continuous air monitoring stations (CAMS) by the Health Department for the term period beginning September 1, 2007 through August 31, 2008.

 

3.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager’s acceptance of additional grant monies from the South Texas Development Council (STDC) in the amount of $8,322.00 with no matching funds and amending the City of Laredo’s Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Annual Budget for the Environmental Services Fund by appropriating the said additional grant revenue to the appropriate expenditure accounts. The grant funds will be used for additional purchase of recycling containers.

 

4.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2006-2007 Annual Budget for the Waterworks System Operating Fund by increasing twenty (20) Full Time Equivalent positions (FTE’s) for a total estimated amount of $ 69,000.00 for the remainder of the fiscal year. These employees will be assigned for the construction of water and sewer line replacements. Funding is available through the 2006 Revenue Bond.

 

5.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas Waterworks and Sewer System Revenue Bonds, Series 2007, for the purpose of improving and extending the City’s combined Waterworks System and Sewer System, approving an official statement, authorizing the execution of a purchase contract, making provisions for the security thereof; authorizing amendment to the City’s Budget to appropriate such proceeds for purposes authorized herein and ordaining other matters relating to the subject. 

 

6.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the issuance of City of Laredo, Texas, Combination Tax and Revenue Certificates of Obligation, Series 2007, for paying all or a portion of the City’s contractual obligations for the purpose of:

(1)   Constructing, improving and repairing City streets and sidewalks, together with drainage, traffic and street signalization and lighting improvements;

(2)   Acquisition of municipal equipment and municipal vehicles for the City’s Airport Department, Civic Center Division, Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Department, Engineering Department, Health Department, Public Safety Department, Public Works Department, Solid Waste Department, and Water and Sewer Departments;

(3)   Acquiring, constructing, improving and equipping the City’s Parks including design and construction of a City Golf Course, Water Park and Recreation Centers;

(4)   Acquisition of equipment and improvements to Fire Department Building and Training Center and Law Enforcement Buildings;

(5)   Improvements to City’s Fleet Management Facilities and Drainage Facilities, including land acquisition and right-of-way, construction and design, and major repairs to municipal buildings;

(6)   For payment of legal, fiscal, and engineering fees in connection with such projects; approving an official statement, authorizing the execution of a purchase contract, making provisions for the security thereof;

(7)   And authorizing amendment to City’s budget to appropriate such proceeds for purposes authorized herein; and ordaining other matters relating to the subject. 

 

7.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Article XII, Chapter 19 of the Code of Ordinances as follows:

 

A.  Division 2, Section 19-562 (C) Fares for Fixed Transit Service

(1) Adult Fare from $1.00 to $1.25

(2) Transfers from $0.00 to $0.05

(3) Senior Citizens (Off-Peak) from $0.00 to $0.10

 

B.  Division 4, Section 19-601 Transit Center Parking Facility, 1301 Farragut Street.

(1) Increase the Hourly Rate from $.75 Per Hour to $2.00 per hour

(2)  Increase the Daily Maximum from $6.00 to $16.00

(3)  Increase the Overnight Rate from $10.00 to $16.00

(4)  Increase the Monthly Contract Rate from $50.00 to $80.00

(5)  Increase the Lost Ticket Charge from $10.00 to $16.00

(6)  Increase the Monthly Contract Parking Rate for City   Employees from $25.00 to $30.00

(7)  Eliminate Section (F) Park-and Shop Program

(8)  Increase the Advance Payment Discount from $50.00

      To $80.00

 

C.  Division 5, Section 19.601.12 Paratransit Fares

   (1) Increase the Paratransit Fare from $.75 to $1.00 per trip;

          

Off Peak Hours: (9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and after 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturday, Sunday & Holidays)

(4) Students Fare from $0.50 to $1.00; and providing for an effective date and publication.

 

8.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a parking lot on Lot 7, Block 6, Moonlight Subdivision, located at 2101 Puscas Court.  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the Conditional Use Permit.  District I

 

9.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 4 and 1 acre out of Lot 3, Block 10, Interamerica Distribution Park Phase 5, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at 8010 and 8012 Riverbank Drive, from R-2 (Multi-family Residential District) and M-1 (Light Manufacturing District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.   District VII

 

10.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 7 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit "A", located on the North side of F.M. 1472, 3.5 miles west of Las Tiendas Road, from AG (Agricultural District) to M-1 (Light Manufacturing District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.  District VII         

 

11.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 15.95 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located east of Highway 83 and south of Cielito Lindo Boulevard, from R-1A (Single Family Reduced Area District) and B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.  District I

 

12.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Special Use Permit for sand/gravel sales, storage, and/or extraction, on 15.95 acres as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located east of Highway 83 and south of Cielito Lindo Boulevard.  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the Special Use Permit.   District I                                                                                   

 

13.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 1.53 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located on the southeast corner of F.M.1472 and Camino Colombia Toll Road, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.   District VII  

 

14.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 1.2 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located west of F.M. 1472 and north of Riverbank Drive, from AG (Agricultural District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.  District VII

 

15.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 4.15 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located west of F. M. 1472 and north of Riverbank Drive, from AG (Agricultural District) and B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change. District VII

 

16.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 4.78 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located west of F.M. 1472 and north of Riverbank Drive, from AG (Agricultural District) and B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.    District VII                                                  

 

17.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 1.13 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located west of F.M. 1472 and north of Riverbank Drive, from B-1 (Limited Commercial District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.  District VII   

 

18.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 5 and 6, Block 1625, Eastern Division, located at 2719 Ligarde Street, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended denial of the zone change.     District II

 

19.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept Grant Funds from the South Texas Development Council (STDC) in the amount of $8,322.00 with matching funds of $541.00 and to amend the Solid Waste Fund to appropriate said grant awarded from STDC in the amount of $8,322.00 with $ 541.00 matching funds.  Funds will be used to buy a billboard advertisement at a cost of $8,863.00 that will be set up in south Laredo to further educate the public on recycling.

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)


 

IX.               INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

20.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Lease Agreement with Cricket Communications, Inc. for 8711 McPherson, for use of antennae facilities, an equipment building and related facilities.  Term of the lease is five (5) years, with four (4) successive renewal terms of five (5) years.  Annual base rent shall be $16,000.00, with a five percent (5%) increase on each anniversary of the commencement date; and providing for effective date.

 

21.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to the lease approved by Ordinance No. 2004-O-038 dated February 17, 2004, and as amended by Ordinance No. 2006-O-158 dated July 17, 2006, between the City of Laredo, as Lessor, and Webb County Juvenile Board, as Lessee, for the Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program (JJAEP) school campus for an approximate 100,357 square foot tract of land located on Block No. 11 of the Airport Subdivision Plat at the Laredo International Airport.  Said amendment will extend the lease term 18 months ending on December 31, 2008.  All other terms and conditions of the lease remain unchanged and in effect; providing for an effective date.

 

22.       Authorizing the City Manager to execute a permit and right of entry for access agreement by an off-airport rental car business with Laredo Car Rental, Inc., D/B/A Alamo Rent-a-Car, as Permittee, as the Laredo International Airport.  Term shall commence on May 1, 2007 and end on July 31, 2011.  Permittee shall pay $1,500.00 per year plus 8% of annual Gross Receipts Derived from airport revenues; providing for an effective date.

 

23.      Amending Chapter 19-410 Truck Routes designated, of the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances, by deleting and replacing the entire Section of Division 2 in order to clarify the existing ordinance language and by designating and additional truck route, Bustamante Street eastbound between Daugherty Avenue and U.S. 59 (Saunders Street) providing for severability, publication and effective date.

 

24.      Amending Section 32-29(E)(1) suspension and revocation of Annual Permit, of the Code of Ordinance, in order to clarify section, providing severability and for an effective date and publication; and

1.      Amending section 32-43.1(d)(5)  suspension and revocation of taxicab license, of the Code of Ordinances, in order to clarify section, providing severability and for an effective date and publication; and

2.      Amending section 32-68 fares of  Mexico, of the Code of ordinance, in order to clarify section, providing severability and for an effective date and publication; and

3.      Amending Section 32-80.1(c) violations, in order to clarify ordinance section; and providing for severability and for an effective date and publication. 

 

X.                 FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

25.       

2007-O-130             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.

 

2007-O-131             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.

 

2007-O-132             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.

 

2007-O-133             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.

 

2007-O-134             Amending Section 1 of Ordinance 2005-O-209 of the City of Laredo and authorizing an    increase in the bridge toll rate schedule for southbound non-commercial traffic utilizing the Automatic Vehicle Identification System (A.V.I.) and southbound non-commercial traffic utilizing the Colombia - Solidarity Bridge and southbound commercial traffic as further described in Exhibit “A” and hereby repealing all conflicting sections in all ordinances currently in effect.

 

XI.               RESOLUTIONS

 

26.      2007-R-058     Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant award from the Department of Homeland Security, SAFER Grants Program in the amount of $1,552,500.00 with the city designating $2,072,801.00 in matching funds for a total of $3,625,301.00 over a five (5) year period to hire fifteen (15) firefighters.  The City would be required to fund: 10% in the first (1) year, 20% in the second (2) year, 50% in the third (3) year, 70% in the fourth (4) year and 100% in the fifth (5) year.

 

27.      2007-R-060     Accepting the conveyance from San Isidro Southeast, Ltd., of Lot 22, Block 1, San Isidro Ruidoso Subdivision, Unit I by deed in the form attached as  Exhibit A; and hereby dedicating said Lot 22, Block 1, San Isidro Ruidoso Subdivision as a city park to be called Ruidoso Park; and

 

2.           Accepting the conveyance from San Isidro Southeast, Ltd., of Lot 6-B, Block 8, San Isidro Taos Subdivision, Unit III by deed in the form attached as Exhibit B; and hereby dedicating said Lot 6-B, Block 8, San Isidro Taos Subdivision, Phase III as a city park to be called Taos Park; and

 

3.           Accepting the conveyance of a tract of land of 49.256 acres from San Isidro Southeast, Ltd., by deed in the form attached as Exhibit C and authorizing City Manager to execute a termination of the maintenance agreement related to said 49.256 acres in the form attached hereto as Exhibit D.

 

4.           Accepting the conveyance of a tract of land of 2.153 acres from San Isidro Southeast, Ltd., by deed in the form attached as Exhibit E and authorizing City Manager to execute a termination of the agreement for earthen drainage channel related to said 2.153 acres in the form attached hereto as Exhibit F.

 

XII.             MOTIONS

                                                  

28.      Consideration for approval to reject the sole bid received for the Laredo Street Drainage Improvements Phase II since the bid was 40% over the consultant engineers cost estimate and 33% over the project budget and approval to revise the plans and specifications and re-bid the project.  Funding is available in the 2003 C.O. Issue and 2006 C.O. Issue.

 

29.      Consideration for approval to authorize the City Manager to execute a temporary license to Plaza Encino, Ltd., for construction of a drainage culvert across McPherson Road, and authorizing payment of up to $50,000.00 for City’s share of cost of constructing the culvert under and across McPherson Road.  This culvert crossing is an enhancement to add capacity to the existing drainage facility, and necessary to adequately cross storm waters across the roadway.  Funding is available in the Environmental Services Fund-Storm Water Improvements Division.

 

30.      Consideration to award an annual Municipal Court software maintenance contract in the amount of $32,721.00 to Tyler Technologies.  The amount represents a 4% increase over the previous year.  The annual software maintenance contract begins July 1, 2007, and ends June 30, 2008, and covers the following areas: Acucorp AcuServer, Cash Collections, HTE Interface, Municipal Court applications, Police Interface, and Data Dictionary.  Funding is available in the Municipal Court Budget.  

 

31.      Consideration to award a contract with the sole provider Transcore L.P. in the amount of $946,801.70 for development and project management to upgrade the existing Automatic Vehicle Identification (AVI) system of the Laredo Bridge Toll Collection System from a single protocol reader system to a multi-protocol reader system.  Funding is available in the Bridge System Construction Fund.

 

32.      Authorizing the City Manager to exercise an option to renew the Physician Contract No. FY 06-113, between the City of Laredo and David Cruz, M.D. to provide medical services to city employees through the Employee Health and Wellness Division.  This agreement shall begin on October 1, 2007 and shall continue for a one (1) year term. The cost of this one (1) year contract is $25,000.00.  Funding is available in the Health Benefits Fund/Employee Health Division budget.

 

33.      Consideration to award a six (6) month contract FY07-062 to the following bidders; Lubrication Engineers, Fort Worth, Texas in the estimated amount of $46,000.00; and Sealing Products of Corpus Christi in the estimated amount of $15,000.00 for the purchase of engine oil and lubricants by the Fleet and Utilities Departments.  The bid pricing will be firm for six (6) months with three (3) options to renew.   Items will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the line item budgets for the respective departments.

 

34.      Consideration to exercise the renewal option for one (1) additional year for contract FY05-096 to Rush Truck Center, Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $100,000.00 and Freightliner, Laredo, Texas in the estimated amount of $40,000.00 for the purchase of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts and service for the City’s medium and heavy duty trucks.  All parts and services will be secured on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Budget.

 

35.      Consideration to award supply contract number FY07-133 to the low bidder, HD Supply Waterworks, San Antonio, Texas in the estimated amount of $250,000.00 for the purchase of PVC pipe used by the Utilities Department.  This will be a sixty (60) day supply contract with an option to extend for an additional sixty day period.  These materials are purchased on as needed basis for construction and repair projects.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department Budget.

 

36.      Consideration to award contract FY07-138 to Mr. Camera, Laredo, Texas in the estimated annual amount of $27,324.90 for the purchase of photo lab chemicals used for the Police Department.  The term of this contract will be for one (1) year with an option to extend this contract for one (1) additional year.  All photo supplies are purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Police Department Budget.

 

37.      Consideration to award contract FY07-128 to Mr. Camera, Laredo, Texas Denco Photo, Laredo, Texas, and National Graphic Supply, Albany, New York, in the estimated annual amount of $25,000.00 for the purchase of assorted photographic film used by various departments.  The term of this contract will be for one (1) additional year.  Funding is available in the various departments that utilize this service. 

 

38.      Consideration to award contract FY07-151 to low bidder, GT Distributors, Inc., Austin, Texas in the amount of $31,680.00 for the purchase of rifle ammunition for the Police Department.  Funding is available in the Police Department Budget.

 

39.      Consideration to award a three (3) year contract (FY07-137) to USA Mobility for providing pager service for all city departments.  The contract award is based on the use of 532 pagers.  The annual cost for the first year will be approximately $35,100.00 because the City will be exchanging the current pagers for new pagers.  The annual cost for year two (2) and three (3) will approximately $14,352.00. The new contract pricing is approximately 43% less than the previous contract amount.  The new contract includes the purchase of new pagers and the monthly service fee for local and extended coverage.  All services will be secured on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the user department budgets.

 

40.      Consideration to reject all bids received for contract FY07-131 for the purchase of riding lawn mowers for the Parks and Recreation Department, and authorizing the purchase of five (5) riding mowers from Tractor City, Uvalde, Texas through the BuyBoard cooperative purchasing program in the total amount of $59,292.30.  The bid pricing and the BuyBoard pricing by Tractor City is the same.  The department has requested additional mowers not identified in the original bid request.  In addition to maintaining all municipal parks, the Parks Department provides mowing services for the Police Department and Civic Center facilities.  One (1) mower will be purchased utilizing Police Department funds, two (2) with Civic Center funds, and two (2) with the 2007 Bond proceeds. 

 

41.      Consideration to schedule two (2) Special City Council Department’s Noon meetings for the Month of September 2007 due to Tax Department’s adoption of a tax rate.  The meeting dates are as follows: September 10, 2007 and September 21, 2007 at 12:15 p.m.

 

42.      Refund of property tax in the amount of $3,557.61 payable to Lakeside Subdivision LLC due to an overpayment.  Account # 900-04961-032.

 

43.      Ratifying an Interlocal Agreement with Webb County for the purpose of establishing a partnership allowing both entities to sponsor the 2007 Avery Johnson Summer Camp held at six facilities throughout the City of Laredo and the County of Webb within a two day period as per the agreement attached as Exhibit A. The City of Laredo and the County of Webb sponsored this event by contributing with $10,000 each. The City’s Contribution will be derived from the General Fund – Youth Commission account. 

 

44.      Referring the City of Laredo Comprehensive Plan to the Planning and Zoning Commission and requiring that a report from the Planning and Zoning Commission with any recommendations be brought back before the City Council before the adoption of the budget; in accordance with Article IX, Section 9.03 of the Charter of the City of Laredo.

 

45.      Authorizing the City Manager to cancel a professional services contract awarded in the sum of $377,000.00 with remaining funds in the project of $293,914.00 to Rathmell and Gilpin Engineering Company, L.L.C. for the design, bidding, and construction for the expansion of the North Laredo Wastewater Treatment Plant from 963,000 gallons per day to 2,000,000 gallons per day.  Funding was available in the 2004 Sewer Bond Issuance account.

 

46.      Authorizing the City Manager to award a professional services contract in the sum of $960,000.00 to Gilpin Engineering Company, L.L.C., for the design, bidding and construction phase of a 3,000,000 gallon per day Wastewater Treatment Plant in the North Laredo Wastewater Plant site.  Funding is available in the 2004 Sewer Bond Account.

 

47.      Authorizing the City Manager to purchase a 4,000 gallon per minute pump from Dynamic Pump Systems, L.L.C. for the Milmo Booster Station at San Luis Street and Milmo Avenue in the amount of $35,380.00.  Funding is available under the 2006 Revenue Bonds.

 

48.      Authorizing the City Manager to amend the professional services contract with Camp Dresser & McKee for the design, bidding, construction and special services for the interim improvements for the South Laredo Wastewater Treatment Plant by increasing the engineering contract by $273,945.00 for a total of $557,040.00.  Funding is available in the 2005 Sewer Bond Account.

 

49.      Consideration for approval of amendment no. 1 an increase of $72,000.00 to the professional services contract with Porras Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas, for the Springfield Avenue North Extension Project for proposed drainage extension, 1200’ linear feet of channel improvements from Mary Help Drive to Leyendecker Tract to include required permits by the US Army Corps of Engineers and a Drainage Conditional Letter of Map Revision and Letter of Map Revision (CLOMR/LOMR).  Current engineering contract amount is $190,300.00.  Funding is available in the 2006 CO Bond Issue. 

 

50.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of three (3) trailer mounted centrifugal pumps   from Goodwin Pumps of America, Bridgeport, New Jersey in the amount of $75,720.00 for the Utilities Department. The pumps will be utilized to dewater excavations during line repairs. Funding is available in the Utilities Department Fund. 

 

51.      Consideration to award annual service contract number FY07-124 to the sole bidder, Rafter P. Transport Inc., New Braunfels, Texas in the estimated amount of $185,000.00 for providing hauling and disposal services of wastewater bio-solids from the Southside Wastewater Treatment Plant. This service supplements the department's equipment capabilities and helps control wastewater bio-solids overflow during the rainy season. The frequency and number of loads vary depending on the City's need. The bid price is based on a per load rate. Funding is available in the Utilities Department – Wastewater Division budget.

 

52.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of four (4) dump trucks from Rush Truck Centers of Texas L.P., in the total amount of $374,510.58 through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (H-GAC) cooperative purchasing program’s contract pricing.  These will be assigned to the Utilities Department.  Funding is available from 2006 Waterworks Revenue Bond Proceeds.

 

53.      Consideration award contract FY07-142 to the low bidder, Impression Design, Laredo, Texas in the total amount of $31,400.00 for the purchase and installation of a park shade for Eastwoods Park located at 2510 Derby Avenue.  Funding is available in the Construction Project for Eastwoods Park.

     

54.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of two (2) utility tractors in the total amount of $64,184.00 from the John Deere Company, through the Buy Board cooperative purchasing program’s contract pricing.  These utility tractors will be assigned to the Parks and Recreation Department.  Funding is available from 2007 certificates of obligation bond proceeds.

 

55.      Consideration to amend the existing contract FY05-051 awarded to Sames Motor Co., Laredo, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $70,000.00 and North Park Lincoln, San Antonio, Texas, in the estimated annual amount of $20,000.00 for the purchase of dealer repair parts for the vehicle fleet by increasing the contract amount by 25%.  All parts will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Maintenance Budget.  

 

56.      Consideration to award contract FY07-146 to the low bidders Nueces Power Equipment, Laredo, TX in the total amount of $271,389.00 for the purchase of three (3) backhoes, one (1) skid steer loader, one (1) pneumatic roller, and one (1) soil compactor; and to Holt Cat, Laredo, TX in the total amount of $94,568.00 for the purchase of one (1) double drum roller.   Funding is available from 2007 certificates of obligation bond proceeds and the Utilities Department Budget.

 

57.      Consideration to award contract number FY07-130 to the low bidder, JJ International Safety Equipment, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount $116,257.25 for the purchase of thirty-eight (38) different completed traffic and street name signs.  This is annual supply contract which will allow for the purchase of replacement signs for a one (1) year period at a fixed price.  These signs are purchased throughout the year to replace damaged or faded signs.  Funding is available in the Traffic Safety Department Budget.

 

58.      Consideration to award contract FY07-118 to the low bidder, Princeton Server Group, Lake Mary, Florida, in the amount of $39,462.92 to provide an automated video server system for the Public Access Channel operation.  The contract includes installation, training and a full one-year warranty for parts and labor.  Funding is available in the Information Technology and Support Services-Public Education and Government (PEG) Fee Fund.

 

59.      Consideration to award contract FY07-153 to the sole bidder, Texas Wired Music, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $172,203.60 to provide audio visual equipment to be installed at the City Council Chambers.  This contract is for the purchase and installation of replacement video cameras, a microphone system with voting and parliamentary features, a video interface system with the existing City Council Chamber personal computers and video monitors.  Funding is available in the Information Technology and Support Services-Public Education and Government (PEG) Fee Fund.

 

60.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of two (2) truck tractors in the total amount of $223,624.00 through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (H-GAC) cooperative purchasing program’s contract pricing from Rush Truck Center, Houston.  These trucks will be assigned to the Public Works Department.   These are used with the lowboy trailers to move the City’s heavy machinery to jobsites.   Funding is available from 2007 certificates of obligation bond proceeds.

 

61.      Authorizing the City Manager to acquire through negotiations, the “Surface Only” of Lot 15, Block 5, Chaparral Village II, Subdivision, for the Chacon Creek/Chaparral Drainage Improvements Project, to construct a connection to an existing drainage channel in order to alleviate flooding in that area. Said parcel is to be acquired in an amount not to exceed $144,000.00, plus approximately $2,000.00 in incidental expenses.  This will be a voluntary transaction.  Funding is available in the 1998 Certificates of Obligation Fund.

 

62.      Consideration to authorize the City Manager to sell surplus equipment to the sister city of Cienega de Flores and the city of Rio Bravo, Texas.  Surplus equipment consists of backhoes, wheel loader, and a dump truck.  Surplus equipment will be sold at a reduced price of the salvage value.  The sale prices are as follows:  Unit 4136 backhoe-$3,000.00, Unit 4113 backhoe-$2,125.00; Unit 4134 wheel loader-$3,625.00; and Unit 6082 dump truck-$1,250.00.

 

63.      Consideration to execute a service agreement for digital mapping services in the amount of $149,900.00 for Jim Hogg and Starr counties with Contact One, Inc. through the Houston-Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) cooperative purchasing program.  The digital maps would allow 9-1-1 calls in these two (2) counties to be graphically displayed at the public safety answering points (PSAPs). Funding is available in the 9-1-1 Regional Fund. 

 

64.      Consideration to execute a service agreement for digital aerial photography in the amount of $309,159.87 for Jim Hogg, Starr, Webb, and Zapata counties with Positron Public Safety Systems through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) cooperative purchasing program.   Funding is available in the 9-1-1 Regional Fund. 

 

65.      Consideration for approval of change order No. 2 an increase of $36,902.00 for additional engineering services and extension of contract termination date from December 31, 2006 to September 21, 2007 to the professional services contract with TEDSI Infrastructure Group for design and preparation of plans and specifications for the traffic signal and roadway improvements on Del Mar Blvd. at the intersection of Winfield Parkway/J.B. Alexander Parkway. Current construction contract amount is $143,590.00.  Funding is available in the 2006 C.O. Issue. 

 

66.      Approving the submission of the 2007- One Year Action Plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in request for funding through the 33rd Action Year, and authorizing the City Manager to execute all documents as a result of the Plan’s submission.  The Action Plan identifies the projects proposed to be funded by HUD through entitlement program funds and anticipated program income, which are as follows:


 

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

 

Community Development Administration                                       $678,151

Housing Rehabilitation Administration                                           $214,405

Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program                              

($96,060 derived from CDBG Program Income)                          $308,613

Code Enforcement                                                                           $479,216

Graffiti Removal Program                                                                $  44,185

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 Initatative $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

 

XIII.           STAFF REPORT

 

67.       

a.      a

A.                 Presentation by Mr. Mario Medina, TXDOT District Engineer, regarding inspection stations.


 

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.

 

68.      Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071 (1) (B) to consult with Assistant City Attorney on settlement offer regarding Shade Concepts L.L.C., and return to open session for possible action.

 

69.      Request for Executive Session pursuant to Section 551.071 (1) (A) of the Texas Government Code (Contemplated Litigation) to consult with the Assistant City Attorney regarding warranty from Trico-USA, Inc., for repairs at Eistetter Park, and return to open session for possible action.

 

70.      Request for Executive Session pursuant to pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.074 (a)(1) and Section 4.02 of the Charter, on possible appointment by the City Manager and confirmation by the City Council of a new city attorney; and return to public session for possible action.

 

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

                       

71.      2007-RT-004   Authorizing the City Manager to apply for the State Public Transportation Funds in the amount of $458,221.00 with the Texas Department of Transportation which is authorized to distribute state funds for Transit Capital and Operating Assistance in urbanized areas under 200,000 in population.

 

XVI.         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 Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at 10:30 p.m.

                                                           

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary