CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2007-R-21

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

NOVEMBER 5, 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 September 4, 2007, September 10, 2007 and October 15, 2007.

 

V.                 COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Recognitions

Recognition of Wendolyne Morales, Univision reporter, for winning the Lone Star Emmy Award on her report titled “Tomas Contreras: Injusticia Tras Las Rejas.”

 

Communiqués

a.       Invitation by Arnold Davis, Chairman and Bertha Mena, Co-Chairman of the “Feast of Sharing” event sponsored H.E.B. to be held at the Laredo Civic Center on Sunday, November 18, 2007 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 

b.       Dr. Francisco Cigarroa, President of the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio will provide comments in appreciation for the partnership between the UTHSCSA Dental School and the City of Laredo.     

 

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 Council Member Juan Chavez of Ofelia Kirby to the Library Advisory Committee.

 

VII.             GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

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a.       

A.                 Request by Council Member Mike Garza

1.           Status report on the Municipal Golf Course Project and related funding, with possible action.

 

B.                 Request by Council Member Dr. Michael Landeck

1.           Discussion with possible action including possible amendments to the scope and conditions of the contract awarded to the engineering company (Poznecki Camarillo Engineering Surveying, Inc.) regarding the evaluation of potential sites for bridge #5 in the south and south Laredo.

 

2.           Discussion and possible action regarding a formulation of a policy on distribution of copies of correspondence and documentation addressed to the Mayor and/or City Manager that should be distributed to all the members of the City Council.

 

C.                Request by Council Member Johnny Amaya

1.           Discussion with possible action on appropriating funds from both District IV and District V for the installation of a street light at the east side corner of Ryan and Marcella.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Johnny Rendon)

 

D.                Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

1.           Discussion with possible action on introducing a pilot program to provide recycle bins in different areas in our community instead of the blue bags.

 

2.           Status report on the storm drainage project on Belmont Subdivision between Esperanza & Sage streets.

 

3.           Presentation by Blas Castaneda, LCC Chief Economic Officer, on a Department of Labor grant initiative for workforce literacy centers to support businesses and industries in our community and the southern border region.

 

E.                 Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Gene Belmares

1.           Discussion with possible action on setting a workshop for reviewing, amending and/or approving the Park Dedication Ordinance.

 

2.           Appropriating $5,000.00 in capital expenditures at the Airport to purchase flat panel televisions.  This item is recommended by the Airport Advisory Committee.  (Co-sponsored by Council Member Johnny Rendon)

 

3.           Discussion with possible action on enacting a moratorium on eight liners pending the review of licensing, regulations, enforcement policies and procedures.

 

F.                 Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

1.           Discussion with possible action on having police presence at Bridge I and Bridge II.

 

2.           Discussion with possible action on placing street lights at the 2700 block of San Agustin (west side) and the 100 block of Mier (north side).

 

3.           Status report on the Request for Proposals for the water park, with possible action.

 

4.           Status report on the Christmas tree lighting event, with possible action.

 

 

VIII.           PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

2.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Financial Task Force budget by increasing expenses in the amount of $10,000.00 for an interdiction project awarded by the Office of the National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) High Density Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).  Funds will be used to pay fringe benefit 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 the opening fund balance.

 

3.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Health Department Fiscal Year 2007-2008 budget by appropriating  revenues and expenditures in the amount of $172,239.00, from the Texas Department of State Health Services-Office of Border Health for the Department’s  Public Health Emergency Preparedness-Early Warning Infections Disease Surveillance for early detection and rapid response from October 1, 2007 through July 31, 2008, and authorizing the City Manager to execute the contract.

 

4.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Health Department Fiscal Year 2007-2008 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount $24,750.00 from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for the continuation of the Department’s South Texas Family AIDS Network grant award for the period beginning August 1, 2007 through July 31, 2008 to provide patient care for HIV/AIDS patients.

 

5.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance ratifying City Manager’s acceptance of a grant by the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA) Border 2012 Grant Program in the amount of $50,000.00 with the City designating $12,695.00 in matching funds for a total of $62,695.00 and amending the City of Laredo’s Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Annual Budget for the Environmental Services Fund by appropriating the said grant revenue to the appropriate expenditure accounts.  Funds will be used for the production of the Dos Laredos Non-Point Source Pollution Early Childhood Education Video.

 

6.          Public hearing allowing interested persons to comment on the proposed amendment to the 2007 Consolidated One-Year Action Plan by reprogramming a total of $825,000.00 of 33rd Action Year (AY) 2007 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for the purpose of funding the Chacon Creek/Guatemozin Street Acquisition and Relocation project by canceling funding for the following projects:

 

Canizalez Park Pavilion and Improvements project ………….……$100,000

Cielito Lindo Park project……………………………………………...$225,000

Shade Structures along Zacate Creek……………………………… $100,000

Slaughter Park project…….………………………………………..….$400,000

 

Total Funds Reprogrammed……………..……………………………$825,000

The Chacon Creek/Guatemozin Street Acquisition and Relocation project will enhance the floodplain and provide safety to the residents that will be relocated.  The above listed park projects are proposed to be funded through 2007 Certificate of Obligation Bond funds.

 

7.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2007-2008 annual budget for the parking meters fund by appropriating expenditures in the amount of $300,000.00 from fund balance for the Riverfront Parking Lot Restructuring Project.

 

8.          Individual public hearings for the voluntary annexation of eleven (11) tracts of land:

 

Tract 1:  Ed-Sal Tract – 4.02 acres, more or less, located east of FM 1472 and south of State Highway 255. Petitioner:  Ed-Sal Investments Ltd.

 

Tract 2:  RRTAIT Tract – 84.77 acres, more or less, located approximately 1.55 miles east of Bob Bullock Loop and Highway 359, on the north side of Highway 359.  Petitioner:  S.T.F.G. Inc.

 

Tract 3:  Killam Charco Tract – 88.56 acres, more or less, located approximately east of Interstate Highway 35 and north of Bob Bullock Loop.  Petitioner:  Killam Ranch Properties, Ltd.

 

Tract 4:   Killam Quiote Tract – 194.08 acres, more or less, located east of Bob Bullock Loop and north of Casa Verde Road (future extension of Del Mar Boulevard).  Petitioner:  Killam Ranch Properties, Ltd.

 

Tract 5:  AFW Investments II Tract – 105.19 acres, more or less, located approximately 3.6 miles east of the Loop 20/Highway 359 intersection, immediately north of Colonias Los Altos and Tanquecitos and south of Tex-Mex Railroad.  Petitioner:  AFW Investments II, Ltd.

 

Tract 6:  H-5 Tract – 59.94 acres, more or less, located directly east of the City of Laredo landfill.  Petitioner:  Hurd Ranch Company, Ltd.

 

Tract 7:  A.R. and Alicia Sanchez Tract – 10.85 acres, more or less, located east of Mines Road (FM 1472) and south of Las Tiendas Road (FM 3338).  Petitioner:  Ramon Diez-Barroso.

 

Tract 8:  4V Holdings Tract – 172.13 acres, more or less, located approximately north of Wormser Road and east of Avenida Mexico.  Petitioner:  4 V Holdings, Ltd.

 

Tract 9:  South Webb County Tract – 1330.83 acres, more or less, located approximately north of Mangana Hein Road and east of U.S. Highway 83.  Petitioner:  South Webb County, Ltd.

 

Tract 10:  Tanquecitos South Acres Tract – 21.60 acres, more or less, located directly east and adjacent to Los Altos Subdivision, between Highway 359 and Enlace Road.  Petitioner:  Consolidated Towne East Holdings, Ltd.

 

Tract 11:  Daughters of Mary Help Tract – 30.00 acres, more or less, located immediately east of Bob Bullock Loop and south of San Isidro Northeast.  Petitioner:  The Institute of Mary Help of Christians.

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

IX.               INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

9.          Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Foreign Trade Zone Operation Agreement with International Trade & Commerce, Inc., as zone site operator of site 1-D, located at 309 NAFTA Boulvevard, effective February 1, 2007 and ending on March 31, 2009.  Providing for activation, administration and transaction fees to be paid to the City; providing for an effective date.

 

10.      Establishing guidelines and criteria governing tax abatements by the City of Laredo; providing for severability, publication and effective date.

 

11.      Amending the Code of Ordinance of the City of Laredo, Chapter 2, Article V. Boards, Commissions, Councils, etc., Division 4. Convention & Visitors Bureau Advisory Board, Sec. 2-223; Membership criteria; term of office; method of appointment; ex-officio members; by amending Sections (a) and (b); This clarifies ordinance to specify that the committee be converted to a nine-person standing committee composed of appointees from each City Council district and an appointee at large by the Mayor as directed through City Council action taken on May 14, 2007.

 

12.      Amending Chapter 19, Article XI, Truck Traffic, Division 2, Truck Routes, Section 19-415 (A) (2), Departure from and Return to Designated Truck Route; thereby eliminating existing conflict in the ordinance language regarding the posting of “No Trucks” signs on streets that are not designated as truck routes; providing for severability, publication and effective date.

 

13.      Amending the City of Laredo Code Ordinances to clarify certain sections of the Vehicles for Hire Ordinance and to properly enforce taxicab operation regulation as follows:

 

1.      Section 32-28 (A), renewal of annual permit, of the Code of Ordinances in order to clarify section;

2.      Section 32-33 (3), Substitute or replace taxicabs, in order to add and clarify section;

3.      Section 32-37 Term and Renewal, in order to clarify section;

4.      Section 32-43.1, Suspension and Revocation of a taxicab license, amending subsection (b) and adding a new subsection (12);

5.      Section 32-65.1, Parking of Taxicabs, of the Code of Ordinances, in order to clarify section;

6.      Section 32-70, property left in taxicab, in order to clarify section;

7.      Section 32-71, Taximeters-Required, adding subsections (C) and (D);

8.      Section 32-74, Vehicle Requirements and Inspections, in order to add Subsection (10); providing for severability, for an effective date and publication.

The Transportation/Traffic Safety Advisory Committee approved these proposed amendments.

 

 

X.                 FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

14.       

2007-O-210               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.

 

2007-O-211               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.

 

2007-O-212               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

 

2007-O-213               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. 

 

2007-O-214               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. 

 

2007-O-215               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.

 

2007-O-216               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.

 

2007-O-218               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; providing for an effective date and publication.

 

2007-O-219               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); providing for an effective date and publication.

 

2007-O-220               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); providing for an effective date and publication. 

 

2007-O-221               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); providing for an effective date and publication. 

 

2007-O-222               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); providing for an effective date and publication. 

 

2007-O-223               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.                

 

2007-O-224               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; providing for an effective date and publication.

 

2007-O-225               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); providing for an effective date and publication. 

 

2007-O-226               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); providing for an effective date and publication. 

 

2007-O-227               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); providing for an effective date and publication.     

                                              

2007-O-228               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); providing for an effective date and publication.

 

2007-O-229               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. 

 

2007-O-230               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.

 

2007-O-231               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.

 

XI.               RESOLUTIONS

 

15.      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 General Fund Budget 3-1-1 Program Division.

 

XII.             MOTIONS

 

16.      Refund of property tax in the amount of $1,434.65 to the following taxpayers:

1.      A refund in the amount of $618.53 payable to Jesus and Juanita L. Garza due to an overpayment.  Account #922-00102-140

2.      A refund in the amount of $816.12 payable to Rosa Maria Ramirez due to an erroneous payment.  Account #107-00301-030

 

17.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of three (3) dump trucks from Rush Truck Centers of Texas, L.P., in the amount of $281,132.92 through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) Cooperative Purchasing Program’s contract pricing.  These will be assigned to the Utilities Department.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department Budget.

 

18.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of nine (9) trucks from Planet Ford, Houston, Texas, in the total amount of $134,315.00 through contract FY07-047.  The contract has a 120 day option to purchase additional vehicles at the awarded price.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department Budget.

 

19.      Consideration to award contract FY07-160 to Route Smart Technologies, Columbia, Maryland in the amount of $75,900.00 for the purchase of a refuse collection route optimization software system for the Solid Waste Department.  The system will improve the efficiency of the City’s refuse collection services by optimizing the efficiency of routes, balancing route times, and minimizing the collection vehicle usage of approximately 50 department refuse collection vehicles.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

20.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of one (1) front end wheel loader in the total amount of $122,058.00 from Holt Caterpillar, Laredo, Texas, through the Buy Board’s Cooperative Purchasing Program’s contract pricing.  This loader will be assigned to the Utilities Department for daily operations and construction projects.  Funding is available in the Waterworks Operational Fund.

 

21.      Consideration to authorize the purchase and installation of a soccer field light system at Villa Del Sol Soccer Field, 306 Plaza Lane, in the total amount of $52,000.00, from Musco Sports Lighting Inc., Muscatine, IA, through the BuyBoard cooperative purchasing program’s contract pricing.  Funding is available in the 2007 C.O. Bond Parks Project Villa Del Sol Improvement budget.

 

22.      Consideration to award contract FY08-006 to the low bidders:

1.      Gray’s Wholesale Tires, Fort Worth, Texas, in the estimated amount of $91,435.50 for the purchase of police pursuit tires and;

2.      Southern Tire Mart, Dallas, Texas, in the estimated amount of $64,385.55 for the purchase of regular passenger tires.

All tires will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Fund.

a.       

23.      Consideration to award contract FY07-177 to Hoyt Enterprises, West Tawakoni, TX in the amount of $65,706.00 for the purchase of one trailer mounted air breathing system for the Fire Department. This equipment will be utilized to refill air breathing cylinders at or near an incident sites. Funding is available in the 2006 State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) grant proceeds.  

 

24.      Consideration to award contract FY08-001 to Nick Benavides, Laredo, Texas, in the total amount of $68,950.00 for providing monthly mowing and maintenance of the Zacate Creek areas.  The term of the contract is for a period of twelve (12) months with the option to extend this contract for two (2) additional twelve (12) month periods.  The contract includes the collection of trash, debris, rubbish and other floatable materials along the creek from Meadow and Canal Streets to the mouth of the river.  Funding is available in the Environmental Services Department budget.

 

25.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of three (3) backhoes from Nueces Power Equipment, Laredo, Texas, in the total amount of $164,542.67 through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) Cooperative Purchasing Program’s contract pricing. These will be assigned to the Utilities Department.  Funding is available in the Utility Waterworks & Sewer Fund.

 

26.      Award of a professional services contract to Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam (LAN) Inc., Houston, Texas, in association with Premier Engineering, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $120,260.00 to provide consulting services for the River Road Pipe Replacement Project, Phase I for the City of Laredo, Texas.  The project is to replace or repair the existing 9.5 feet diameter metal corrugated pipe at River Road adjacent to Santa Cleotilde north of Water Street, approximately 1,300 linear feet.  Funding is available in the 2007 Certificate of Obligation Proceeds.

 

27.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of eighty five (85) sets of structural fire fighting protective uniforms from Dooley Tackaberry, Deer Park, Texas, through the Buy Board Cooperative Purchasing Program’s contract pricing in the total amount of $161,654.25.  The set includes the fire coat, trousers, knee boots, gloves, hoods, suspenders, and helmets.  Funding is available in the Fire Department budget.

 

28.      Consideration for approval of amendment no. 1 an increase of $20,000.00 to the professional services contract with Puig Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas, for the Rancho Viejo Drainage Improvements Project for modifications to widen Rancho Viejo to accommodate future traffic, lengthening of the proposed box culverts and associated channel improvements and to extend the contract time by 21 calendar days for additional topographic and easement surveys, hydraulic and road evaluations, Rancho Viejo design modifications, plans and specification modifications.  Funding is available in the 1998 Certificate of Obligation Bond Proceeds-Rancho Viejo Drainage Project.

 

29.      Consideration for approval to award a 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 Certificate of Obligation Bond Proceeds Issue and 2006 Certificate of Obligation Bond Proceeds Issue.

 

30.      Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder ALC Construction, LLC, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $96,150.00 for the CDBG Sidewalks City-Wide Project No. 34 (7 Blocks-District IV) and Project No. 35 (12 Blocks-District V).  Contract time is forty-five (45) working days.  Funding is available in the Community Development Fund 31st and 32nd Action Year.

 

31.      Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the sole bidder Amberland Development, Ltd., Laredo, Texas, in the bid amount of $742,495.10 for the Del Mar Boulevard widening and traffic signal improvements at the intersection of Winfield Parkway/J.B. Alexander Parkway.  Contract time is one hundred twenty (120) working days.  Funding is available in the 2006 Issue and Transit 2004 C.O.

 

32.      Consideration for approval to reject the bids received for the Slaughter Park Project since the bids were over the budget allotted, and approval to modify the scope of work to divide the work into several phases with part of the work constructed in-house, and part re-bid.     

 

33.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract with the Laredo Development Foundation for the Fiscal Year 2007-2008 for a total of $473,000.00.  Funding is available in the General and Bridge System Funds.

 

34.      Authorizing the City Manager to amend the 2003 HOME Investment Partnership, Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) Contract with Metro Affordable Housing Corporation to extend the deadline to expend program funds from November 1, 2007 to August 30, 2008 in support of the Cardinal Point Project, a 40 unit town home development of which 20 units will be HOME assisted.

 

35.      Consideration to award contract number FY07-176 to Wilson Fire/Rescue, New Braunfels, Texas, in the amount of $51,245.00 for the purchase of hydraulic rescue tools for the Fire Department.  This equipment will be utilized by the Fire Department during emergency situations.  Funding is available in the 2006 State Homeland Security Program Grant.

 

36.      Consideration to award a contract for concession services at the Benavides Softball Complex and all municipal swimming pools to Mr. Francisco Garcia for a period of one (1) year.  This vendor was the sole bidder and is recommended based on the price structure provided during the bid process.  The agreement is expected to provide a monthly rental income of $350.00.

 

37.      Authorizing the City Manager to amend a contract with Arcadis of Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $13,850.00 for a total amended contract amount of $93,750.00 to provide for engineering services in the modification and re-bidding of the McPherson Lift Station Project.  Funding is available in the 2006 Utility Revenue Bonds.

 

38.      Authorizing the City Manager to accept the Old Raw Water Pump Station Improvements Project and approve final Change Order No. 3 in the amount of $24,248.00 to Balch Machine Co., Inc. for total project amount of $455,122.55. Funding is available in the 2004 Utility Revenue Bond.

 

39.      Authorizing the City Manager to accept the Lyon Street Pump Improvements Project and approval of final Change Order No. 1 in the amount of $8,644.00 to Balch Machine Co., Inc. for a total project amount of $92,206.00.  Funding is available in the Water Operating Construction Fund.

 

40.      Authorizing the City Manager to award a construction contract to Andritz Separation, Inc., Houston, Texas in the amount of $349,043.00 for renewal of the two existing belt press.  Funding is available in the 2006 Utility Revenue Bonds. 

 

41.      Authorizing the award of a contract in the amount of $65,584.00 to GDS Associates, Inc., for the development of a City of Laredo Downtown Area Street Light Upgrade Plan.  Funding is available in the 2007 Certificate of Obligation Bond Proceeds.

 

42.      Consideration to award a professional service contract to Dr. Gabriel Holguin, San Antonio, Texas, in estimated amount of $40,000.00 for psychological examinations for Laredo Police Department cadet applicants and other evaluations to sworn officers.  All services are requested on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Police Department Budget.

 

43.      Amending a contract with Sherfey Engineering Company, Laredo, Texas, for $17,050.00 to include additional basic engineering and surveying services required to re-bid the Chacon Creek Wastewater Interceptor Phase 2 with some modifications and additions to the contract.  The amendment brings the total contract amount to $459,445.00.  Funding is available in the 1998 Sewer Bond Issue.

 

44.      Consideration for approval of amendment no. 2 an increase of $102,792.00 to the professional services contract with Architectura SA, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, for the Clinical/Laboratory Expansion and Renovation for the City of Laredo Health Department to design Phase II of the project.  Current engineering contract amount is $382,792.00.  Funding is available in the 2007 C.O. Issue – Health Department Lab Engineering Contract.  (Contingent upon approval of item # 48-A)

 

45.      Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder Leyendecker Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $2,874,000.00 for the Clinical/Laboratory Expansion and Renovation for the City of Laredo Health Department.  Substantial completion date for the project is April 4, 2008.  Funding is available in the State Department Health Grant and 2006 and 2007 Contractual of Obligation Issues – Health Lab Construction.  (Contingent upon approval of item # 48-A)

 

46.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute individual contracts with the following Third Party funding Recipients, totaling $421,240.00 for FY 2007-2008.  Funding is available in the General Fund: 

·        Laredo Crime Stoppers                                                   $  1,000.00

·        Laredo Regional Food Bank                                           $  9,375.00

·        South Texas Food Bank                                                   $24,875.00

·        Laredo Webb NHS                                                           $  3,000.00

·        CAA Elderly Nutrition                                                        $  6,500.00

·        CAA Meals on Wheels                                                     $  6,500.00

·        Bethany House                                                                  $18,500.00

·        Stop Child Abuse and Neglect                                        $13,500.00

·        LISD Crime Stoppers                                                       $  1,000.00

·        Children’s International Advocacy                                   $22,500.00

·        Boy’s and Girls Club of Laredo                                        $41,000.00

·        Border Area Nutrition Council                                          $28,125.00

·        Literacy Volunteers of Laredo                                          $  2,625.00

·        Sacred Heart Children’s Home                                       $15,000.00

·        BEST                                                                                  $10,000.00

·        Communities in Schools                                                   $  1,000.00

·        Veteran’s Coalition                                                           $86,000.00

·        Casa de Misericordia                                                       $11,000.00

·        South Texas Council on Drug Abuse & Alcohol             $  5,000.00

·        Club Olympia                                                                     $  5,000.00

·        Special Olympics                                                              $  5,000.00

·        Habitat for Humanity                                                          $10,500.00

·        Kidney Foundation                                                            $15,000.00

·        Laredo Amateur Boxing                                                   $10,000.00

·        TAMIU Dance Productions                                               $  5,000.00

·        Big Brother/Sister of STX                                                 $  5,000.00

·        Children’s Advocacy – Safe Haven                                 $  5,000.00

·        Holding Inst. Learning Center                                           $  5,000.00

·        Laredo Heat Youth Soccer                                               $  5,000.00

·        Girl Scouts of SOTX                                                          $  5,000.00

·        LCC Music and Dance Productions                               $  2,500.00

·        Laredo Little Theater                                                         $31,740.00

·        Catholic Social Services                                                  $  5,000.00

 

47.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute individual contracts with the following Hotel/Motel Tax Fund Recipients totaling $508,000.00 for FY 2007-2008.  Funding is available in the Hotel/Motel Tax Fund.

·        Lulac 12                                                                              $  10,000.00

·        Society of Martha Washington                                         $  10,000.00

·        Border Olympics                                                                $  70,000.00

·        Latin American Hall of Fame                                           $  10,000.00

·        Lulac 7                                                                                $    5,000.00

·        Chamber of Commerce Cola Blanca                             $  18,000.00

·        WBCA                                                                                $  60,000.00

·        Streets of Laredo                                                              $    7,500.00

·        Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra                                       $  41,800.00

·        Webb County Heritage Foundation                                 $  55,000.00

·        Laredo Children’s Museum                                              $  60,000.00

·        Laredo Center for the Arts                                                $150,000.00

·        Laredo Philharmonic Chorale                                          $    3,200.00

·        Mexican Cultural Institute                                      $    7,500.00

 

XIII.           STAFF REPORT

 

48.       

A.     Discussion with possible action regarding the consideration of allocating $2,874,000.00 for the remodeling/construction of the Health Department’s clinics, laboratory and providing for 15 dental operatories with 15 resident dentists, faculty, dental assistants and hygienists to serve over 12,000 patients on  a yearly basis.  The UTHSCSA will provide funds and support for dental staff, dentists, dental assistants and hygienists. The amount of $2,874,000.00 is recommended to be funded from 2006 Bond Reserves: for Phase I in the amount of $770,000 and for Phase II from the 2007 Bond: $1,600,000. The funding will be reimbursed once the 2008 Bond is sold in April 2008.

 

B.     Staff report from the Parks and Recreation Department regarding recreational activities / programs for senior citizens.  

 

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.

 

49.      Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.074 to deliberate the duties, evaluation criteria and performance standards of the City Secretary and return to open session for possible action.

 

50.      Request for Executive Session pursuant to Section 551.071 (1) (A) of the Texas Government Code to consult with the City Attorney regarding pending litigation:  CA #06-CV-175; Armando Rodriguez, et. al. v. City of Laredo and Agustin Dovalina; United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Laredo Division; and return to open session for possible action.

 

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

 

51.      Authorizing the City Manager to waive the parking fee for persons attending the UETA Jamboozie and implementing a flat fee charge of $300.00 to the Streets of Laredo Urban Mall Association for personnel costs, overtime and extra security for traffic and crowd control for the use of parking facility on Saturday, January 26, 2008 from 5:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

 

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

                       

This notice was posted at the Municipal Government Offices, 1110 Houston Street, Laredo, Texas, at a place convenient and readily accessible to the public at all times. Said notice was posted on Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 5:00 p.m.

                                                                       

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary