CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2007-R-020

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

October 15, 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 June 4, 2007, October 1, 2007 and October 8, 2007.

 

V.                 COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Recognitions

 

Recognition of Joel Moreno of the Parks & Recreation Department, on his selection as October Employee of the Month.

 

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 Dr. Michael A. Hochman to the Public Health Issues Blue Ribbon Committee.

 

VII.             GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

1.           

 

A.                 Request by Mayor Raul G. Salinas

 

1.           Discussion with possible action on increasing recreational activities for senior citizens.

 

2.           Discussion with possible action on providing security for the senior citizens at the Hamilton Hotel.

 

B.                 Request by Council Member Mike Garza

 

1.           Discussion with possible action on appropriating discretionary funds not to exceed $50,000.00, to place a traffic light at the intersection of Merida Drive and Bob Bullock Loop.

a.       

C.                Request by Council Member Hector J. Garcia

 

1.           Discussion with possible action on the procedures City staff is taking to prevent vandalism and/or theft of City equipment.

 

2.           Discussion with possible action on the possibility of becoming a plastic free community.

 

D.                Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

 

1.           Status report on the Jacaman Road Improvements Project, with possible action.

 

E.                 Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Gene Belmares

 

1.           Discussion with possible action to consider an Interlocal agreement with Laredo Community College for business expansion and retention services.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Johnny Rendon)

 

2.           Status report on the waterline replacement program at Regency Subdivision, with possible action.

 

3.           Status report on the Stone Creek Killam and Borchers area drainage/park project.

 

4.           Presentation by Tom Wade for a workshop with Dr. Barry Lawrence, Texas A&M College Station, with possible action.

 

F.                 Request by Council Member Juan Chavez

 

1.      Discussion with possible action on naming the Lafayette Bridge, the Judge Hector J. Liendo Overpass.

 

G.                Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

1.           Discussion with possible action on waiving fire prevention drill fees at the senior citizen homes, during the month of October.

 

2.           Discussion with possible action on installing street lights between Sanchez and Coke Street (on the west side).

 

3.           Discussion with possible action on developing a master plan for improvements to upgrade the downtown area. 

 

 

VIII.           PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

2.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Health Department Fiscal Year 2007-2008 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenses; and accepting a continuation grant from the Texas Department of State Health Services in the estimated amount of $4,378,851.00 for the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program for the City of Laredo Health Department beginning October 1, 2007 through September 30, 2008.

 

3.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2007-2008 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $68,716.00 in additional funds from the South Texas Development Council and amending the full-time equivalent positions by creating one (1) full-time Caseworker position with benefits for the Department’s HIV/Ryan White Program for a total award amount of $401,433.00 for a period from April 1, 2007 through March 31, 2008.

 

4.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept a $7,694.00 donation from Falcon National Bank and amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Capital Improvement Fund Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $7,694.00 for the purchase of scoreboards for two (2) baseball fields located at Dryden Park.

 

5.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2007-2008 annual budget in the amount of $10,000.00 from the Texas Department of Transportation’s Commercial Motor Vehicle Selective Traffic Enforcement Program to fund overtime salaries for Police Department Officers.  The grant period is from October 1, 2007 through September 30, 2008.

 

6.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Grant, Section 5309, TX-03-0299-00, in the amount of $1,943,557.00 with a local match of $485,889.00 and to amend the Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Transit System Capital Grants budget by appropriating said grant revenues and increasing expenditures by $2,429,446.00 for the new transit facility.

 

7.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Airport Construction Fund annual budget by appropriating $100,000.00, which includes $50,000.00 from the Texas Department of Transportation Routine Airfield Maintenance Program (RAMP) Grant TXDOT CSJ No. M822LREDO and transferring $50,000.00 in matching funds from the Airport Operating Fund; providing for an effective date.

 

8.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Fiscal Year 2007-2008 9-1-1 Regional Administration Fund by decreasing revenues and expenditures in the amount of $69,798.00 for administrative, equipment and program budgets for Jim Hogg, Starr, Webb, and Zapata counties for the period from September 1, 2007 and ending August 31, 2008.

 

9.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for an amusement redemption machine establishment on the East 2/3 of Lot 4, Block 203; Lots 1, 2 & part of 3, Block 204 and the northerly 7,716 sq. ft of Jarvis Avenue Right-of-Way between Santa Barbara & Santa Clara Streets, Eastern Division, located at 1502 Zapata Highway.  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended denial of the Conditional Use Permit.   District III

 

10.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for an auto sales business on Lot 4, Block 899, Eastern Division, located at 307 N. Meadow Avenue.  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended denial of the Conditional Use Permit.  District III

 

11.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 10, 11 and 12, Block 892, Eastern Division, located at 1602 Rosario Street and 1005 N. Meadow Avenue, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.  The proposed use is multi-family.  District III

 

12.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1A and 2A, Block 893, Eastern Division, located at 1601, 1603 and 1605 Rosario Street, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-O (Residential/Office District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.  The proposed use is apartments and an office.  District III

 

13.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lots 1 and 2, Block 1136, Eastern Division, located at 2711 Urbahn Avenue, from R-3 (Mixed Residential District) to R-1 (Single-Family Residential District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.    The proposed use is single-family residential.  District IV                    

14.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 6.68 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at 11000 International Boulevard, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.     The proposed use is multi-family.  District VI

 

15.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a nationalization of vehicles enterprise on Lots 7, 8, 9 and the west 5.5 feet of Lots 4, 5, and 6, Block 857, Western Division, located at 3319 San Bernardo Avenue.  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended denial of the zone change.    District VII                         

 

16.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for an auto sales, and a body and paint shop on Lot 8, Block 430, Eastern Division, located at 120 W. Saunders Street.  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the Conditional Use Permit. District V 

 

17.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 1, M.G. Benavides Estates Subdivision, Phase I, located at 4711 Ben-Cha Road, from B-4 (Highway Commercial District) to B-3 (Community Business District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.  The proposed use is multi-family residential.  District II 

 

18.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 16.58, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at the northwest corner of Bob Bullock Loop and International Boulevard, from R-1 (Single-family Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.   The proposed use is commercial.  District VI 

 

19.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 64.63, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at the northeast corner of Bob Bullock Loop and International Boulevard, from R-1 (Single-family Residential District) to B-4 (Highway Commercial District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.    The proposed use is commercial.  District VI                                                   

20.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning 5.07 acres, as further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at the intersection of International Boulevard and Escutia, from R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District).  The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval of the zone change.    The proposed use is multi-family residential.  District VI

 

21.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 24, Article VI, of The Laredo Land Development Code, Special Permit Procedures Section 24-93 by creating Section 24.93.11: Nationalization of Vehicles Enterprise Requiring a Special Use Permit for said use, adding Section 24.65.13 (12) B-3 – Community Business District, deleting Section 24.65.14 (17): B-4 - Highway Commercial District, and amending Section 24.63.2:  Permitted Land Uses; providing for publication and effective date. 

 

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

IX.               INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

22.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to the lease agreement for approximately 2,600 square feet constituting Building No. 1006 located at 4608 Daugherty Avenue at the Laredo International Airport with Dairy Process, Inc. approved on July 1, 2002 by Ordinance No. 2002-O-141 and as amended on December 2, 2002 by Ordinance No. 2002-O-307.  Lessee wishes to further amend said lease agreement in order to change lessee’s name from Dairy Process, Inc. to International Dairy Products, Inc., and change Lessee’s mailing address from 4608 Daugherty Avenue, Suite B, Laredo, Texas, 78041 to 5508 Thomas Avenue, Laredo, Texas, 78041.  All other terms and conditions remain unchanged and in effect; providing for an effective date.

 

 

23.      Authorizing the City Manager to grant a Right-of-Entry to the United States of America in City-owned property along the Rio Grande Riverbend from the northern to the southern City limits, to solely conduct for visual observations for environmental studies of possible actions, including improvements to existing patrol roads, the construction of new patrol roads, and the removal of giant cane within a 300-foot-wide corridor parallel to the Rio Grande River. Said City-owned property, including any river vega land along said riverbend, consisting of: all of Blocks 015, 016, 15, 017, 018, 019, 57, 58, 613, 614, 615, 616, 140, 141, 143, 144, 149, 150, 151, 152, 568, 709, 710 & 450A, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, all of Blocks 414, 415, 416, 419, 424, 426, 425, 428, 431, 431A, 434,  434A, 437, 437A, 516, 517, 613, 614, 615, 628, 629, 630, 631, 643, 644, 645, 646, 657, 658, 659, 660, 666, 667, 668, 669, 670, 671, 672, 672A, 673, 674, 675, 676, 677, 679, 680, 708, 708B,  & 724, Western Division, City of Laredo, a 22.087 acres tract located in Porcion 18, a 58.00 acres tract located in Porcion 21, an 18.00 acres tract located in the River Oaks Park Subdivision, a 10.59 acres tract located in Porcion 22, an 138.513 acres tract located partly in Porcion 36 and partly in Porcion 37, a 22.00 acres tract located in Porcion 37 and a 31.00 acres tract located in Porcion 38.  Said Right-of-Entry being described on attached Exhibit 1; and providing for an effective date.

 

X.                 FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

24.       

 

2007-O-199          Amending the City of Laredo Health Department Fiscal Year 2007-2008 annual budget by authorizing the City Manager to accept, execute and appropriate revenues and expenditures for the Local Health System-Office of Public Health Practices (OPHP) continuation grant in the amount of $306,835.00 to provide prevention, disease control, and health promotion activities from the Texas Department of Health Services and $169,187.00 in program income.  The grant has a term period from September 1, 2007 through August 31, 2008.

 

2007-O-200          Amending the City of Laredo Health Department FY 2007-2008 full-time equivalent positions by creating one (1) full-time Public Health Technician position with benefits, (salary/ fringes amount of $47,697.00) in the Health Department – Public Health Preparedness (PHP) and Epidemiology Program for the term from October 1, 2007 through August 31, 2008.  Funding is available through the Early Warning Infectious Disease Surveillance (EWIDS) portion of the PHP Grant.

 

2007-O-201          Amending the Subdivision Ordinance of the City of Laredo by:  Creating Chapter 2, Section 2-3.4, Administrative Approval of Plats, Amending Chapter 3:  Subdivision Design Standards, establishing standards in conformance with the Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) publication of “A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets”, increasing the diameter of dead-end streets from 80 feet to 100 feet, establishing pavement standards in conformance with the (AASHTO) Guide for Design of Pavement Structures, and establishing pavement specifications for public and private streets based on expected traffic loads and pavement structures;  providing for publication and effective date.

 

2007-O-202          Accepting a grant awarded and amending the City of Laredo FY 2007-2008 budget by increasing revenues and expenses in the amount of $45,000.00 for an Interdiction project awarded by the Office of the National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).  Funds will be used to pay overtime expenses for a drug interdiction unit comprised of Financial Task Force agents and Laredo Police Officers from January 1, 2004 through December 31, 2007. Fringe benefits will be funded from opening fund balance. 

 

2007-O-203          Amending the City of Laredo Special Police 2007-2008 Annual Budget in the amount of $44,687.00.  The Office of Justice Assistance Grant Program is contributing the full grant amount of $125,687.00 with no match amount obligated to the City of Laredo.  The City of Laredo and Webb County will each receive $62,843.50.  The City of Laredo will utilize this funding for the purchase of equipment for Homeland Security purposes by the Laredo Police Department for the period of October 1, 2006 through September 30, 2010.

 

2007-O-204          Authorizing the City Manager to accept a Direct Aid Grant from the Texas State Library – Loan Star Libraries Program in the amount of $30,722.00 for new public computers and the replacement of backlit components for the current LCD computer terminals and amending the City of Laredo FY 2007-2008 Annual Budget Revenues and Expenditures in the amount of $5,722.00.

 

2007-O-205          Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount of $50,000.00 from the Office of the Governor, the Division of Emergency Management (GDEM) and to amend the City of Laredo FY 2007-2008 Annual Budget in the same amount.  The Office of the Governor, the Division of Emergency Management has made a project grant available in order to organize and deploy state agency and local government law enforcement personnel and equipment to participate in a project to enhance border security along the Texas-Mexico border.  Funds will be used to pay overtime, fringe benefits, and operational expenses from September 12, 2007 through December 2, 2007.

 

2007-O-206          Amending the City of Laredo FY 2007-2008 Annual Budget by appropriating expenditures in the amount of $500,000.00 in the Laredo Police Department Trust Fund.  Funding will be used to purchase operational materials, supplies, and capital outlay equipment.  Equipment items include surveillance equipment, tactical entry equipment, and patrol motorcycles.  Funding is available in the Police Trust Fund opening balance.

 

2007-O-207          Authorizing the City Manager to accept a donation from Wal-Mart Corporation in the amount of $1,000.00 and to amend the City of Laredo Friends of the Library Fund FY 2007-2008 annual budget by appropriating said funds.  Funds will be used to purchase a new laminating machine for the Main Library.

 

2007-O-208          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; providing for an effective date and publication.    

 

2007-O-209          Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease and joint use agreement with  the Laredo Independent School District, copy of which is attached as Exhibit 1; said agreement is for a term of 5 years and pertains to the following City property block 240, eastern division, Galveston Street between Mcdonnell and Monterrey; and Mier Street between Mcdonnell and Monterrey, to be used as part of the land for the J.C. Martin Elementary School presently being reconstructed; and providing for effective date.

 

XI.               RESOLUTIONS

 

25.      2007-R-076     Confirming the Mayor’s appointment of five (5) representatives from the City of Laredo, to serve on the board of directors of the South Texas Development Council for the period of October 1, 2007 to September 30, 2008; the appointments must include three (3) elected City Officials and two (2) non-governmental members that represent the general interest groups of business and community based organizations.

 

26.       2007-R-080     Authorizing the City Manager to execute grant agreement CSJ No. M822LREDO with the Texas Department of Transportation under the Routine Airport Maintenance Program in the amount of $50,000.00 for the purpose of airside and landside maintenance at the Laredo International Airport.  The City’s fifty percent (50%) local match for this project in the amount of $50,000.00 is available in the Airport Operations Fund.

 

27.      2007-R-081     Authorizing the City Manager to enter into and execute a reimbursement contract between the City of Laredo and Killam Development, Ltd.  The purpose of this contract is to disburse a payment in the amount of $150,000.00 of the City’s contribution to the costs of construction by Killam Development, Ltd., of Shiloh Drive.  Funding is available in the 2007 Certificate of Obligation Discretionary Funds District VI, Account 462-9822-535-4999.

 

28.      2007-R-083     Authorizing the City Manager to execute an Interlocal Agreement by and between the City of Laredo and Webb County for the establishment and operation of a 3-1-1 Center.  Funding is available in the 3-1-1 Program Division as follows:  1) Fiscal Year 2006-2007 total budget is $71,008.00 with a 50% cost share from Webb County and 2) Fiscal Year 2007-2008 total budget is $321,937.00 with a 10% cost share from Webb County.

 

29.      2007-R-084     Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with the Drug Enforcement Administration, in the amount of $15,573.00.  The agreement’s purpose is to reimburse costs for overtime incurred by the Laredo Police Department in providing resources for OCDETF (Organized Drug Enforcement Task Forces).  The term of this agreement is from October 1, 2007 through September 30, 2008 and will be accounted for in the Special Police Fund. 

 

XII.             MOTIONS

 

30.      Approving Cooperative Agreement No. HSTS0208HSLR197 with the Department of Homeland Security-Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to reimburse the Airport Fund for law enforcement services associated with the passenger screening checkpoint, and authorizing the City Manager to execute said agreement. The total estimated reimbursement of this five (5) year agreement is $487,275.00, for a term from October 1, 2007 through September 30, 2012 or earlier if terminated by the parties.

 

31.      Authorizing the City Manager to contract with the following consulting firms for intergovernmental, informational, and advocacy services to be provided to the City of Laredo for the period of October 1, 2007 through September 30, 2008.  Funding is available in the General and Information Technology Funds.

 

·        McWilliams & Associates (Andrea McWilliams), Austin, Texas, in the amount of $48,000.00;

·        Miller & Van Eaton, P.L.L.C. (Gerry Lederer), Washington, D.C., in the amount of $72,000.00, plus $10,000.00 out of pocket expenses;

·        Government Relations, Inc. (Allynn Howe), Oakton, Virginia, in the amount of $60,000, plus $5,000 out of pocket expenses.

 

32.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of computers, computer software, and other services offered through the State of Texas, Department of Information Resources (DIR) cooperative purchase contracts.  The City is a member of the Texas Procurement and Support Services (TPSS) Cooperative Purchasing Program which allows eligible municipalities to take advantage of approved State contracts.  Funding is available in the respective departmental budgets.

 

33.      Authorizing the City Manager to consider awarding a one (1) year professional service contract FY07-114 with an option to renew for one (1) year to perform drug and alcohol testing pursuant to the City of Laredo Drug and Alcohol Policy  and Procedure to two (2) contractors:  A.G. Pellegrin, MD and Carlos H. Hornedo, D.O.  Funding is available in the health benefits budget of the Employee Health and Wellness Division.  The cost of this contract is not to exceed $25,000.00 on a yearly basis for each selected provider for a total budgeted expense not to exceed $50,000.00.

 

34.      Amending the contract with Turner, Collie & Braden, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, for $40,000.00 for water and $40,000.00 for wastewater to include Project Management Services from December 5, 2006 to September 30, 2007 with an extension of 300 calendar days for the City of Laredo Colonias TWDB-EDAP Project funded by the Texas Water Development Board.

 

35.      Consideration for approval of change order #2 to Jimmy Closner and Sons Construction Co., Inc., Mercedes, Texas, an increase in the amount of $12,216.50, for the construction of the Mines Road Work Order #2 – Water Main and Pump Station Project, for the balance quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the project, approval of final payment, and extending the contract time for an additional 97 calendar days. The revised contract amount is $2,004,432.25. The new construction time including this change order will be 836 calendar days. Acceptance of project is subject to TWDB approval. Funding is available in the Colonias Project Fund and Utilities Water Fund.

 

36.      Consideration for approval to award a professional services contract to Chapman & Associates, Inc., Magnolia, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $87,570.00 for the Laredo International Airport Resident Project Representative Services (Inspection Services), General Aviation Apron and Taxiway Reconstruction, Phase III.  The Airport Advisory Committee recommends approval.  Design work will take approximately six (6) months.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund.

 

37.      Consideration to authorize the approval of amendment of the professional services contract dated April 2, 2007 with Kimley-Horn and Associates, Austin, Texas, for the performance of professional services related to the Downtown Signalization Project, is amended such that both:  the fee is increased by $76,321.00 from $250,000.00 to $326,321.00, for additional professional services and to extend the contract by an additional 120 days.  Funding is available in the MPO Account.

 

38.      Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder ALC Construction, LLC, Laredo, Texas, in the bid amount of $476,464.00 for the Laredo Street Drainage Improvements – Phase II.  Contract time is one hundred ten (110) working days.  Funding is available in the 2003 C.O. Issue and 2006 C.O. Issue.   

 

39.      Consideration to award a contract to the lowest bidder Jimmy Closner & Sons, Mercedes, Texas, in the estimated amount of $1,385,472.50 for the Upper Zacate Creek Multi-purpose Detention Pond Project. These improvements include installation of erosion control measures, channel excavation, irrigation system, fencing, and construction of an access road.   Funding is available in the 2007 C.O. Bonds.

 

40.      Consideration for approval to award a professional services contract to FQR Architects, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in association with HMG and Associates, San Antonio, Texas, Synergy Structural Engineering, Inc., Laredo, Texas, Sherfey Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas, and Terracon Consultants, Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $510,000.00 for the design and preparation of plans and specifications for the World Trade Bridge Toll Inspection Facility Expansion to include additional booths and lanes, canopy , islands, related utilities including water and sanitary sewer lines, lighting and data communications.  Design work will take approximately six (6) months.  Funding is available in the Bridge System Fund.  

 

41.      Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder Closner Construction Company, LC, Laredo, Texas, in the base bid amount of $433,557.00 for the Rancho Viejo Drive Culvert Drainage Improvements.  Contract time is one hundred twenty (120) working days.  Funding is available in the 2007 C.O. Rancho Viejo Culvert Drainage.   

 

42.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of one (1) cab and chassis truck with a ten cubic yard concrete mixer in the amount of $132,988.00 through the Buyboard Cooperative Purchasing Program’s contract pricing from Dallas Mack Sales, L.P.  This equipment will be assigned to the Public Works Department.  Funding is available in the 2007 Certificates of Obligation Bond Proceeds.

 

43.      Consideration to exercise the renewal option for contract number FY07-133 awarded to HD Supply Waterworks, San Antonio, Texas, in the estimated amount of $250,000.00; for the purchase of a PVC pipe used by the Utilities Department.  This is the first of four (60) day supply extensions.  These materials are purchased on an as needed basis for construction and the repair of projects.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department budget.

 

44.      Consideration to award contract number FY07-172 to the low bidders:

1.)   Traffic Parts, Conroe, Texas in the amount of $100,546.75; and

2.)   Pathmark Traffic Pars, San Marcos, Texas, in the amount of $1,600.00;

for the purchase of traffic signal assemblies and related materials required for traffic signal upgrades for the following locations:  Winfield-Alexander, the Airport at Bob Bullock Loop and Del Mar Boulevard at McPherson Drive.  Funding is available in the 2006 Certificate of Obligation Issue, Airport Operation and Airport Construction Funds.

 

45.      Consideration to award an annual miscellaneous auto parts contract number FY07-173 to the following multiple bidders:

1.)   Gonzalez Auto Parts, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $20,000.00

2.)   O’Reilly Auto Parts, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $20,000.00

3.)   Napa Auto Parts, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $20,000.00

4.)   Full Service Auto, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $20,000.00

5.)   Laredo Wholesale, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $10,000.00

6.)   Texas Fleet Supply, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $5,000.00

7.)   Texas Alternator, Austin, Texas in the amount of $5,000.00

for the purchase of miscellaneous auto parts for the Fleet Department.  This contract establishes discount percentage pricing for those miscellaneous auto parts not covered in the general automotive parts contract.  These vendors have offered percentage discount pricing from their general catalogues.  All items will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Management Fund.

 

46.      Award of a professional services contract with Mejia Engineering Company in the amount of $66,082.87 to provide consulting services for the Ejido/Stewart Drainage Improvement Project for the City of Laredo, Texas.  The project consists of addition/replacement of the existing drainage system to reduce localized flooding.  Funding is available in the 2007 Certificate of Obligation Bond Proceeds.

 

47.      Award of a professional services contract with Espey Consultants, Inc. in the amount of $199,775.00 to provide consulting services for the Phase I of the Canal Street Drainage Improvements Project for the City of Laredo, Texas.  The project consists of drainage study, evaluation of the existing systems, evaluation of alternatives with cost estimates and economic feasibility study for the flood mitigation along Canal Street.  Funding is available in the 2007 Certificate of Obligation Bond Proceeds.

 

48.      Approving monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amounts to be adjusted for the month of September 2007 represent a decrease of $7,066.65.  These adjustments are determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

49.      Refund of property tax in the amount of $1,828.32 to the following taxpayers;

1.           A refund of property in the amount of $822.00 payable to First American Real Estate Tax due to an overpayment.  Account #980-60001-170.

2.           A refund of property tax in the amount of $504.21 payable to Homecomings Financial due to an overpayment.  Account #985-60005-320.

3.           A refund of property tax in the amount of $502.11 payable to AMC Mortgage Services due to an overpayment.  Account #983-51001-240.

 

 

XIII.           STAFF REPORTS

 

50.       

A.     Discussion with possible action to consider Police Officer Gilbert Vazquez, III first request for an extension of injury leave with pay in accordance with 143.073 (b) of the Texas Local Government Code.

 

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.

 

51.      Request for executive session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072 for legal advice regarding consideration for the purchase of real property for park purposes located at Lot 5, Block 9, Crown Ridge I Subdivision, also known as the 400 block of Shiloh Drive, and in order to avoid any detrimental effect that open session on the same might have on the City's ability to negotiate with third parties; and, return to open session for possible action.

 

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

                       

52.      Motion to waive bus fare collection to and from the HEB “Feast of Sharing” to be held at the Laredo Civic Center on Sunday, November 18, 2007 as participation by the City of Laredo co-sponsoring this event.  HEB will provide a $1,500.00 contribution to offset the fares.

 

XVI.         RECESS AS THE LAREDO MASS TRANSIT BOARD AND CONVENE ADJOURN AS THE LAERDO 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, October 11, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.

                                                                       

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary