CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2008-R-03

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

FEBRUARY 4, 2008

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 minutes of August 1, 2007, November 26, 2007 and December 10, 2007.

 

V.                 COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Recognitions

 

a.                  Recognition of the 2008 Laredo Commission for Women Hall of Fame Inductees:

·        Nora R. Garza, Ph.D.-Education

·        Virginia “Viky”  Garcia-Civic/Volunteer

·        Rosaura “Wawi” Tijerina-Legal

·        Judith Y. Sepulveda-Law Enforcement

·        Julia Muller Ruhlman-Business/Professional

b.                  Recognition by the Mayor and City Council Members of public safety employees that retired from the City of Laredo with 20 or more years of service.

 

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

 

VII.             GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

1.           

a.       

A.                 Request by Council Member Mike Garza

1.           Discussion with possible action on installing a sidewalk on the west side of  North Ejido between Colombia and Lomas del Sur by using District I Discretionary Funds.

 

B.                 Request by Council Member Dr. Michael Landeck

1.           Discussion and possible action  on implementing approved City council meetings dates, and possible amendments to procedures for accepting agenda Items from the Mayor, Councilman and the administration as well as latest posting Dates prior to meetings.

 

2.           Discussion with possible action on continuation of the process for the appointments to the Water and Sewage impact fee committee and all relevant issues.

 

3.           Discussion with possible action on “rain cloud seeding” project with a presentation by Mr. Ed Walker.

 

4.           Discussion with possible action on the City/UISD proposed interlocal facility sharing agreement as recommended by the park board advisory committee.

 

C.                Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

1.           Discussion with possible action on installing a signal light at Loop 20 and Lakeside with District V Discretionary Funds.

 

2.           Discussion with possible action on providing $2,500.00 from District V Discretionary Funds for the construction of a Purple Heart monument to be placed at the City Cemetery.

 

D.                Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Gene Belmares

1.           Discussion with possible action on creating a public relations image campaign.

 

2.           Discussion with possible action on adding more streets to the District VI 2008 Recycling Program.

 

3.           Discussion with possible action on closing Chris Lane at the intersection of Kimberly.

 

E.                 Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

1.           Discussion with possible action on installing speed humps on San Ignacio Street from Jefferson Street to Burnside Street by using District VIII Discretionary Funds.

 

2.           Discussion with possible action on having police presence at International Bridges I and II.

 

3.           Discussion with possible action on installing sidewalks by using District VIII Discretionary Funds on the following streets:

·        2500 block of Salinas-east side

·        1300 block of Jefferson-south side

·        2800 block of Flores-west side

·        3000 block of Convent-east side

·        2900 block of Salinas-east side

·        3200 block of Salinas-east side

·        1800 block of Anna- west side

·        1800 block of Convent- west side

·        1600 block of Salinas-west side

·        2500 block of Flores-west side

 

4.           Discussion with possible action on installing street lights by using District VIII Discretionary Funds at the following streets:

·        2000 block of Santa Rita-east side

·        1000 block San Enrique-east side

·        100 block of Salinas

·        1200 block of Monterrey-west side

 

VIII.           PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

2.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the issuance of the City of Laredo, Texas, Texas Public Property Finance Contractual Obligations, Series 2008, in the principal amount of $3,555,000.00 for the purchase of municipal buses for the Mass Transit System; authorizing amendment to the City’s budget to appropriate such proceeds for the purposes authorized herein; approving sale of contractual obligations; making provisions for security thereof; authorizing the execution of private placement letter; and ordaining other matters relating to the subject.

 

3.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Water Availability Fund Annual Budget by appropriating an additional $2,000,000.00 and drawing down the opening balance for water rights acquisitions increasing the budget to $11,298,509.00 for the purchase of $7,312,500.00 of municipal water rights (3,250 ac/ft).

 

4.          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 $300,000.00 over a twenty-four (24) month term from the Environmental Protection Agency grant under the Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) for the Health Department’s Laredo Environmental Action on the Texas-Mexico Border Project, a partnership with the Environmental Services Department for the term of October 1, 2007 through September 30, 2009; amending FY 2007-2008 full time equivalent positions, by creating one (1) Epidemiologist and (1) Program Coordinator positions; and authorizing the City Manager to execute the contract.

 

5.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement with Laredo Equities, LLC, for the use of Veteran’s Field.  The lease term is for one (1) season beginning on May 10, 2008 and ending on September 10, 2008 at a lease rate of $45,000.00 per season, ($1,000 per game) plus $1,000.00 per playoff game.  Laredo Equities will also be responsible for 50% of utility costs and repairs to Veterans Field during the term of the lease as outlined in the lease agreement terms.

 

 (Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

IX.               INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

6.          Authorizing the City Manager to convey to South Texas Financial Group, Inc. fee simple title, to the “Surface Only” at its market value of $21,340.00, for certain property described as a 6,097 sq. ft. (0.14 of an acre) tract of land, more or less being a portion of South Buena Vista Avenue between the Old Zapata Road and Barrios Street, situated in the Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas being generally described on attached Exhibit “A” and providing for an effective date.       

 

7.          Reflecting an increase in salary and benefits of $31,446.00 for Municipal Court Judge Alfonso H. Ornelas, Jr. and establishing the annual salary at $100,000.00.  Funding is available in the Municipal Court Department budget.

 

X.                 FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

8.           

  

2008-O-016          Amending the City of Laredo Health Department Fiscal Year 2007-2008 annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenses in the amount of $33,882.00 from the Serving Children and Adolescents in Need (SCAN), Inc., a partnership for services to be provided by the Department’s HIV Program of HIV outreach, HIV testing, pre and post test counseling and pre-treatment services for the term from January 1, 2008 through September 30, 2008; and amending the Fiscal Year 2007-2008 full time equivalent positions, by creating one (1) Health Educator position contingent upon availability of grant funds, and authorizing the City Manager to execute the contract.

 

2008-O-017          Amending the City of Laredo Health Department Fiscal Year 2007-2008 budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $175,979.00 from the Texas Department of State Health Services for continuation of the Department’s Tuberculosis Prevention & Control Federal Project for the period beginning January 1, 2008 through December 31, 2008 and authorizing the City Manager to execute the contract.

 

2008-O-018          Authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute a funding agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation in the amount of $19,050,000.00 with a local match of $1,496,480.00 and to amend the FY 2007-2008 Capital Grants fund by appropriating said funds for the proposed reconstruction of streets located within the truck route and various industrial parks.

 

2008-O-019          Authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute a funding agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation in the amount of $4,091,400.00 with a local match of $359,626.39 and to amend the Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Capital Grant Fund by appropriating said funds for the proposed construction of seven (7) new toll/inspection booths, to be located at the World Trade Bridge.

 

2008-O-020          Setting the new speed limit on the .236 miles section of FM 3338 located within the City limits of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, as defined in the Texas Department of Transportation Control Section Map 3532-02, as 60 MPH from 50 MPH, providing for the installation of appropriate signs to indicate new speed changes in the designated areas and providing for publication and effective date.

 

2008-O-021          Amending the Community Development Department Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Full-Time Equivalent positions by creating one (1) full-time Noise Abatement Specialist position with benefits, in the Community Development Department, Real Estate Division, Noise Abatement Program.  Funding is available through monetary grants received from the Federal Aviation Administration through its Airport Improvements Program Grants 40 and 47 Noise Abatement and Airport Construction Fund, respectively.

 

XI.               RESOLUTIONS

 

9.          2008-R-005     Authorizing the City Manager to execute a release of paving lien in the form and content of Exhibit A, to confirm release of paving liens made or attempted to be under pre-paving Ordinance dated July 29, 1958 and a post-paving Ordinance of July 2, 1959 in the absence of any record of the paving liens having been actually imposed and passage of almost 50 years. 

 

10.      2008-R-007     Declaring the public necessity to acquire the “Surface Only” of two parcels of land for the Dryden Park Expansion Project.  Said parcels being Lots 7 & 8, Block 1719, Eastern Division, and being situated on the 2700 Block of Diaz Street, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; as delineated on attached copy of City Plat; and authorizing staff to negotiate with the owners for the acquisition of said parcels by purchase by market values to be established by a State Certified Real Estate Appraiser, and further authorizing the City Attorney to initiate condemnation proceedings to acquire said parcels if staff is unable to acquire due to inability to agree to a purchase price, conflict of ownership, owner refusal to sell, and/or inability to locate the listed owner(s).  Funding is available in the 33rd Action Year Community Development Block Grant Fund-Dryden Park Expansion Project.

 

11.      2008-R-008     Accepting the donation of a (20) twenty-foot wide utility easement from Francisco Guerra, Sr. for the extension of utility services lines to the Laredo Ranchettes Subdivision.  This being a strip of land containing 0.25 of an acre, more or less, and being situated in Porcion 32, Abstract 296, Webb County, Texas, being partly out of lot 47, Ranchitos 359 East Subdivision, owned by Francisco Guerra, Sr. as per deed recorded in Volume 1140, Page 639 of the Webb County Deed Records, Texas, and partly out of a 39.24 acre tract, Parcel 2, recorded in Volume 565, Page 106, Webb County Deed Records, Texas and described by metes and bounds and survey attached as Exhibits A and B.

 

12.      2008-R-009     Authorizing the City Manager to execute an initial affiliation agreement between the City of Laredo Fire Department and Laredo Community College.  The Laredo Fire Department provides ambulance ridership to L.C.C. students.  The Laredo Fire Department will be provided with two (2) offices for instructors and one (1) classroom for students for emergency medical services training.

 

13.      2008-R-010     Endorsing the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve by promoting an understanding of Guard and Reserve Service and encouraging employers to develop Human Resource Policies that support and encourage employee participation in Guard and Reserve Programs.

 

14.      2007-R-011     Declaring the public necessity to utilize the area under IH-35 between Park Street and Sanchez Street as a parking area on February 21, 2008 for the Annual Youth Parade and on February 23, 2008 for the Washington’s Birthday Parade and authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with Texas Department of Transportation for the use of said property. 

 

XII.             MOTIONS

 

15.      Prioritizing and adopting the 2008 Federal Legislative Agenda. 

 

16.      Ratifying the City Manager’s approval of a public fireworks display permit issued to the Laredo Entertainment Center for a display on February 2, 2008 at 10:00 p.m. The technicians for the display are Pyrotecnico of Louisiana, LLC.  On December 17, 2007, City Council authorized a prior display permit for December 31, 2007, which had to be cancelled by order of the Fire Marshal due to strong winds and dry conditions.

 

17.      Consideration to grant the Washington’s Birthday Celebration a permit for a pyrotechnic ground display during the air show on February 17, 2008.  The technician for this display is Chris Rainey.  Also authorizing a public fireworks display permit for February 24, 2008 at Life Downs.  The technician for the fireworks display will be Melrose Pyrotechnics, Incorporated.

 

18.      Approving monthly adjustments to the tax roll.  The amounts to be adjusted for the month of December 2007, represent an increase of $95,699.68.  These adjustments are determined by Webb County Appraisal District and by court orders.

 

19.      Refund of property tax in the amount of $2,696.67 to the following taxpayers:

 

1.           A refund in the amount of $590.05 payable to Juan A. Cantu due to an erroneous payment.  Account #812-02000-196.

2.           A refund in the amount of $600.04 payable to Frank Sisters Rentals, Inc. due to an overpayment.  Account #324-00033-010.

3.           A refund in the amount of $809.35 payable to the Laredo National Bank due to an erroneous payment.  Account#332-00401-120.

4.           A refund in the amount of $697.23 payable to the Laredo National Bank due to an erroneous payment.  Account#938-50001-020.

 

20.      Authorizing the City Manager to approve payment from the City’s Arena Renewal and Replacement Account for the purchase of additional equipment required for the telephone system in a total amount not to exceed $5,300.00.  Funding is available in the Sports and Community Venue Account.

 

21.      Ratifying the action taken by the City Manager to authorize the replacement of an 8” sewer line at Milmo and Saunders (US HWY 59) by MTZ Construction of Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $88,500.00 due to a collapsing sewer collector.  Funding is available in the Utilities 2006 Revenue Bond.

 

22.      Authorizing the City Manager to award an Engineering Services Contract in the amount of $3,662,000.00 to Carollo Engineers of Austin, Texas.  This contract will provide for the final design and bid phase services for the 15 MGD expansion of the Jefferson Upper Plant and the Electrical back-up power projects, and the construction management services for the new disinfection facility.  Funding is available in the 2006 and 2007 Utilities Revenue Bond.

 

23.      Award of a contract to Blanton & Associates, Inc., Austin, Texas in the amount of $57,400.00 for preparing the Supplemental Environmental Information Document deliverables for the Rancho Peñitas West Wastewater Treatment Plant and Force Main EID. The contract time is for ninety (90) calendar days. This project is funded by the North American Development Bank (NADB). 

 

24.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a contract for the purchase of 200 ac/ft per annum of municipal water rights from Valley Municipal Utility District #2, at a cost of $2,250.00 per ac/ft for the sum of $450,000.00.  Funding is available in the Water Availability Fund Water Rights.

 

25.      Consideration for approval of acceptance of the Plaza Theater Marquee and Blade Sign and approval of final payment in the amount of $30,054.36 to Zertuche Construction, Laredo, Texas.  Final construction contract amount is $300,544.15.  Funding is available in the Capital Grant Fund and Community Development Fund.

 

26.      Consideration to exercise the renewal option of annual supply contracts FY07-006 awarded to the low bidders, Patria Office Supply, Laredo, Texas and Executive Office Supply, Laredo, Texas, for the purchase of general office supplies.  Departments are to order from the vendor’s general catalogues.  This contract has a renewal option for an additional twelve (12) month period upon mutual agreement by the contract vendors and the City of Laredo.  Funding is available in the office supply line item budgets for the respective departments.

 

27.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of 4,620 garbage/refuse carts and 800 replacement lids from Toter, Inc. Statesville, NC., through the State of Texas cooperative purchasing program’s contract pricing in the total amount of $224,672.60.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Services Department.

 

28.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of practice and duty ammunition for the Police Department in the estimated amount of $51,250.00 from G.T. Distributing, Austin, Texas through the Buy Board Cooperative Purchasing Program’s contract pricing.  Funding is available in the Police Department budget.

 

29.      Consideration to authorize the purchase and installation of a sports lighting system at the Market Street Tennis Complex, 1300 Market Street, from Musco Sports Lighting, LLC; in the total amount of $176,132.00 through the Buy Board Cooperative Purchasing Program’s contract pricing.  Funding is available in the 2007 Certificate of Obligation Bond Proceeds Parks Project Market Street Courts budget.

 

30.      Consideration to award Phase I of service contract  FY08-024 to the lowest bidder, Camino Agave, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $455,000.00 for the hauling of approximately 130,000 tons of dirt from the construction site of the Upper Zacate Creek detention pond to the City’s Solid Waste facility.  The Solid Waste Department will use this fill dirt to cover the landfill cells on a weekly basis in accordance to TCEQ requirements.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Department Fund.

 

31.      Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the sole bidder Rhino Builders, Ltd., in the amount of $1,009,531.00 for the McPherson Road Widening North of Del Mar Blvd., Phase II, Step “C” (Mahogany Dr. to Shiloh Dr.).  Contract time is two hundred (200) working days.  Funding is available in the 2004 Transit C.O. Project #TRMAHO.  

 

32.      Consideration for approval to annul the construction contract awarded to sole bidder, Amberland Development, Ltd., Laredo, Texas, on November 5, 2007, for the Del Mar Blvd. Widening and Traffic Signal Improvements at the intersection of Winfield Parkway/J.B. Alexander Parkway since the contractor has been unable to provide the surety as required by the bid documents.  Per Section C-4.09 of the bid documents, in the case of annulment of award, the proposal guaranty shall become the property of the Owner (City of Laredo), not as a penalty but as a liquidated damage (copy attached); also per Section C-8.03 of the bid documents, the “City” does not allow, permit, negotiate, authorize nor approve any assignment of contract proceeds between the “City”, the “Contractor”, and/or with a bank, lending institution or any type of financial institution either before, during or after a contract award (copy attached).  Staff is also requesting approval to re-bid the project.  Funding is available in the 2006 C.O. Issue and Transit 2004 C.O.

 

33.      Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder Jerry Resendez Enterprises, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $996,073.00 for the North Central Park – Phase IA-East.  Contract time is one hundred eighty (180) calendar days.  Funding is available in the 2005 C.O. Bond and 2006 C.O. Bond.     

 

34.      Consideration for approval to award a construction contract for the El Eden Recreational Facility Park Project to the lowest bidder Leyendecker Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $4,161,500.00 for Base Bid No. 1 - Main Building, Deductive Alternate No. 4 - Wrought Iron Fence, and Deductive Alternate No. 7 - Landscaping.  Contract time is two hundred fifty (250) working days.  Funding is available in the 2006 C.O. Bond and 2007 C.O. Bond.

 

35.      Approval of Change Order No. 1 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place; acceptance of the Laredo Colombia International Bridge for removal and replacement of deteriorated concrete pavement and erosion controls and approval of final payment in the amount of $122,550.00 to Restek, Inc., Austin, Texas.  Final contract amount is $122,550.00.  Funding is available in the Bridge System – Revenue Bond Series 2005A.

 

36.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of:

1.      one (1) tandem drum vibratory roller in the amount of $135,719.50;

2.      one (1) pneumatic roller in the amount of $100,035.00

from Nueces Power Equipment, Laredo, Texas, through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (HGAC) cooperative purchasing program.  This equipment will be assigned to the Public Works Department Paving Division.  Funding is available in the 2007 Certificate of Obligation Bond Proceeds.

 

37.      Consideration to award annual contract number FY08-032 for vacuum truck equipment parts and service to the following bidders:

1.      Kinloch Equipment & Supply, Pasadena, Texas, in the estimated amount of $25,000.00

2.      Balar Equipment, Houston, Texas, in the estimated amount of $25,000.00

for the purchase of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) vacuum truck equipment parts and service for the Fleet Department.  This contract establishes discount percentage pricing for vacuum truck equipment parts and services for the Fleet Department.  Parts and services will be purchased on an as needed basis and funding is available in the Fleet Management budget.

 

38.      Consideration to award an annual contract FY08-033 to the following bidders:

1.      Kinloch Equipment & Supply, Pasadena, Texas, in the amount of $40,000.00

2.      Industrial Disposal Supply, San Antonio, Texas, in the amount of $50,000.00

3.      Nueces Equipment Supply, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $40,000.00;

for the purchase of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts and services for the City’s Elgin and Tymco street sweeper and Case equipment fleet.  This contract establishes discount percentage pricing for the purchase of needed repair and replacement parts and services which are secured on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the Fleet Management Budget.

 

39.      Consideration to exercise the renewal option for one (1) additional year for contract FY07-052 Tire Repair Services for:

1.      Tire Centers, Laredo, Texas

2.      Beltran’s Road Service, Laredo, Texas

This contract is based on the lowest cost format utilizing service call rate, after hour rate, holiday rates, and tire repair rate.  Departments are able to contact these vendors for vehicle, heavy trucks and construction equipment tire repairs.  Funding is available in the Fleet budget.

 

40.      Consideration to authorize a contract with Kraftsman Playground and Park Equipment c/o Play and Park Equipment, through the Buy Board Cooperative Purchasing Program’s contract pricing, in the total amount of $156,210.00 for the purchase and installation of a track surface around Ryan Elementary School.  Funding is available in the 2007 Contractual Obligation Bond Proceeds-City Council District II and City Council District IV, Ryan Elementary Walking Trail.

 

41.      Authorizing the City Manager to provide office space within City Hall for the City of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico for the purpose of housing liaison staff that would communicate and coordinate on projects of mutual interest.  The City of Nuevo Laredo will also reciprocate by having an office dedicated to the City of Laredo.

 

42.      Consideration for approval of change order no. 4 a decrease of $1,665.00 for the balance of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the Bartlett Avenue Extension Straightening, Widening, Paving, Utilities and Drainage Improvements from Hillside to Sandman and approval of final payment in the amount of $33,481.86 to Amberland Development, Ltd., Laredo, Texas.  Final construction contract amount is $687,972.20.  Funding is available in the Project TRSAND – Transit 2004 C.O.

 

43.      Authorizing the City Manager to contract with Mario A. Martinez for intergovernmental, informational, and advocacy services to be provided to the City of Laredo for the period beginning February 1, 2008 through September 30, 2008 at a rate of $2,000.00 per month for a total contract amount of $16,000.00.  Funding is available in the General Fund.

 

44.      Authorizing the purchase of approximately 14.79 acres of land near Clarks Crossing Subdivision from Haynes, Ltd., for the sum of $1,000,000.00 for the location of a community center and park and authorizing the City Manager to execute the earnest money contract a copy of which is attached and in which said 14.79 acres is shown on Exhibit 1 of the contract; and in which the seller agrees to donate three parcels of land, of 3.51, 1.73 and 2.74 acres, respectively, shown on Exhibit 2 of the contract, to the City for drainage and park purposes; paragraph 14 of the contract contains a request by seller for City Council to name the community center and park which will be made orally at the time it is being presented for approval of Council.

 

45.      Consideration for approval to award a professional services contract to Brinkley Sargent Architects, Dallas, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $330,500.00 for Phase IDevelopment of program and master plans for Northwest Center Park Site and Phase II – Design and Construction of Recreation Center for the Northwest Recreation Center Park to be located on a 7.027 acre site in Villas San Agustin Subdivision, Unit 3.  Design work is to be on a fast track basis.  Funding is available in the 2005 CO Bond – Northwest Recreation Center/Pool.    

 

46.      Consideration to authorize the purchase of one, American La France custom ambulance from American LaFrance Gulf Coast, Houston, TX in the total amount of $176,307.00 through the Houston Galveston Area Council of Governments (H-GAC) cooperative purchasing program’s contract pricing.  This replacement ambulance will be assigned to Station #1.   Funding for this equipment is available from 33rd Action Year Community Development Block Grant funds.

 

XIII.           STAFF REPORT

 

47.      Presentation regarding the selection of a firm to provide billing and collection services for the Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS), with possible action.  A City staff committee reviewed all proposals submitted and a report is being presented on the results of the staff evaluations.

 

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.

 

48.      Request for executive session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071(1)(A)& (B) for consultation with the City Attorney regarding pending litigation and possible settlement of Anthony Stahl, et al. v. City of Laredo, Texas, Cause No. 5:07-cv-00093; in the United States District Court Southern District, Laredo Division; and return to open session for possible action.

 

49.      Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071 (1) (B) to consult with attorney on the pending case of Lassen, Inc., v. City of Laredo, Cause No. 2007CVF000546-D2, in the 111th District Court, Webb County, Texas; and return to open session for possible action. 

 

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

                       

50.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a management contract with First Transit, Inc., a Delaware Corporation, for management of the City’s Transit System for a five (5) year term beginning February 1, 2008, in accordance with the terms of the negotiated contract.


           

XVI.         RECESS AS THE LARED MASS 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, January 31, 2008 at 3:20 p.m.

                                                                       

 

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary