SEPTEMBER 10, 2007

12:15 p.m.


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 I.         CALL TO ORDER


II.                  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE


III.                ROLL CALL


IV.               PUBLIC HEARING


1.      Public hearing for the adoption of a tax rate of $0.637000 per $100.00 value for the Tax Year 2007.  The tax rate will provide revenue for the general fund and debt service.  The rate includes $0.511426 per $100.00 value of Maintenance and Operation and $0.125574 per $100.00 value for Sinking Fund of the Debt Service and is estimated to generate a tax levy of $57,974,749.


V.                 FINAL READING



2005-O-168                  Amending the City of Laredo FY 2007 Airport Construction Budget to recognize additional revenues from two (2) grants received from the Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program being Grant Project No. 3-48-0136-50-07 in the amount of $2,000,000.00 for noise mitigation under FAR Part 150 Noise Abatement Program at the Laredo International Airport and Grant Project No. 3-48-0136-51-07 in the amount of $4,513,444.00 to rehabilitate a portion of the General Aviation Apron being Phase 3, rehabilitate a portion of Runway 14/32 and acquire land, and appropriating said grant revenues and local match to the appropriate expenditure accounts and transfer $197,771.00 from Airport Fund 433 to 242 which monies were used for A&E fees to rehabilitate Runway 14/32, and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment. The local match of five (5) percent in the amount of $342,813.00 for both grants is available in the Airport Construction Fund.  (As amended)


VI.               MOTION


3.      Authorizing the City Manager to amend the contract with W. D. Schock Company, Inc., dated February 18, 2003, as amended, for the rendering of certain administrative and management services for the Airport Residential Sound Reduction Program, as part of the overall City of Laredo International Airport Noise Compatibility Program.  Said amendment extends the contract end date by an additional three (3) months for the period of September 10, 2007 to December 10, 2007 and all other terms and conditions remain the same. The time extension is necessary for the construction completion of Phase IV (twenty-seven (27) homes), construction oversight and closeout activities for the Sound Reduction Program. The contract amount remains at $588,436.00.  Funding is available in the Airport Construction Fund.


4.      Consideration for approval to award a construction to the lowest bidder SER Construction Partners, Pasadena, Texas, in the bid amount of $454,875.00 for the Bristol Road Drainage Improvements.  Funding is available in the 2005 CO Bond and the 32nd Action Year for Community Development.


5.      Consideration exercise the renewal option for contract number FY07-010 awarded to RM Personnel, Inc, Laredo, Texas, and Staff Force, Laredo, Texas for providing temporary contract employees. Contracts will be awarded to a primary and secondary vendor in order to provide the City of Laredo with a quality labor pool for those departments that might require temporary staff members throughout the fiscal year including temporary employees for City projects.  All services will be secured on an as needed basis and the estimated contract amount for this fiscal year will be $500,000.00.  Funding is available in each respective department.


6.      Authorizing the City Manager to write-off various accounts receivables that are deemed to be uncollectible in our 2006 audit as per the Letter to Management.  The write-off amounts represent a period varying from 1992 to 2005.  The total amount of the write-off is $4,321,659.84; a summary by account type is attached. The financial impact to the City will be an expenditure of $31,483.36 for the fiscal year.






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.




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, September 6, 2007, at 6:30 p.m.





                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary