CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

A-2008-R-05

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

MARCH 10, 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 the minutes of August 6, 2007, December 3, 2007 and December 17, 2007.

 

 

V.                 COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

Recognitions

a.                  Recognition of Judge Oscar O. Martinez for being named 2008 LIFE Rancher of the Year during the 45th annual LIFE Downs fair.

 

b.                  Recognition of the Border Olympics Board of Directors for their outstanding performance during the 2008 Border Olympics Event.

 

c.                  Recognition of Felix Garcia for being selected to the U.S. Under 20 Men's National Team.

 

d.                  Recognizing the Environmental Services Department for receiving the Community Service Award from the Code Enforcement Association of Texas. 

 

e.                  Recognition of the 2008 Mayor's Cup-City Employee Softball Tournament Winners.

 

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

 

a.      Appointment by Mayor Pro-Tempore Gene Belmares of Sammy Alasi to the Convention & Visitors Bureau Advisory Committee.

 

b.      Appointment by Council Member Johnny Rendon of Richard Perales to the Transportation and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee.

 

VII.             GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

1.           

a.       

A.                 Request by Mayor Raul G. Salinas

1.           Status report on the canopy for Bridge I, with possible action.

 

B.                 Request by Council Member Mike Garza

1.           Discussion with possible action on setting a date for a Budget Retreat.

 

2.           Discussion with possible action on directing the City Manager to conduct a study to alleviate the problems on garbage pick up.

 

C.                Request by Council Member Hector J. Garcia

 

1.           Discussion with possible action regarding outstanding loans/debts owed to the City of Laredo.

 

2.           Discussion with possible action on appropriating matching funds to a 3 million dollar Transportation Grant for a hike and bike trail along Chacon Creek.   

 

3.           Discussion with possible action to consider amending the priority procedures manual by placing the general Council discussion items at the end of the agenda as opposed to the current order in which they are placed.

 

4.           Discussion with possible action regarding the closing of Calton Road, between Thomas and Maher Avenue, in order to provide safety for personnel and enhance security for Police Department equipment.

 

D.                Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

1.           Discussion with possible action on placing speed humps on West Mayberry Street from Springfield Street to Gallagher Avenue by using District V Discretionary Funds.

 

E.                 Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Gene Belmares

1.      Discussion with possible action on impounding uninsured vehicles and those operated by unlicensed drivers.

 

2.      Discussion with possible action on setting, publishing and conducting public hearings to amend the towing ordinance to reflect necessary changes as per the ordinance.

 

3.      Discussion with possible action on a water distribution action plan for summer 2008.

 

F.                 Request by Council Member Juan Chavez

1.      Motion to increase funding for the Community Action Agency Meals on Wheels, with possible action.

 

2.      Status report of the nationalization ordinance, with possible action. 

 

G.                Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

1.      Discussion with possible action regarding the purchase of Block 618 WD, located on Ventura Street between Headen and Evans Avenues and Block 411 WD, located just east of Eagle Pass Avenue between Ventura and Piedregal Streets for the development of a recreation center and a park.

 

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 expenditures in the amount of $30,000.00 of additional funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services for continuation of the Health Department’s Abstinence Education Program, and In-kind amount of $21,000.00 from L.I.S.D. for a total amount of expenditures of $51,000.00 for the period of January 1, 2008 through June 30, 2008.

 

3.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2007-2008 annual budget by decreasing revenues and expenditures by $8,551.00 for a total award amount of $79,249.00 from the South Texas Development Council (STDC) for the continuation of the Health Department’s Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Projects (HOPWA) for the period of February 1, 2008 through January 31, 2009 and authorizing the City Manager to execute said contract.

 

4.          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 $1,000.00 donated by Wal-Mart for the administration of various programs and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget amendment.

 

5.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Land Development Code, Chapter 24, Article III, by creating Section 24-56, entitled “Parkland Dedication Ordinance” and amending the City of Laredo Land Development Code, Appendix A, by adding the Parkland Dedication Fee Methodology as per the attached Exhibit A; providing for severability, publication and an effective date.

 

6.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance accepting funds in the amount of $245,000.00 from the South Texas 9-1-1 Regional Administration Division to cost share personnel at the Laredo Police Department Public Safety Answering Point in accordance to Section 771.0751 of the Texas Health and Safety Code ad Rule 251.3 Use of Revenue in Certain Counties from the Commission on State Emergency Communications; and amending the Fiscal Year 2007-2008 City of Laredo annual budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $245,000.00 for salary expenses for the Laredo Police Department Communications Division salaries.

 

7.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances, Chapter 17 Library, Article I, In General, Section “Fines and Fees for Library Services” allowing for a change in the passport execution fee to follow the fee schedule set by the U.S. Department of State and providing for publication and an effective date.

 

8.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept a donation from the Raymond H. and Florence L. Sponberg Foundation of Minnesota in the amount of $1,000.00 and amending the City of Laredo Friends of the Library Fund Fiscal Year 2007-2008 annual budget.  Funds will be used for literacy programs and the purchase of books and DVDs for the Main Library.

 

9.          Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept Fiscal Year 2008 Federal Planning Funds (PL112) in the amount of $44,686.86 and amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2007-2008 General Fund Budget to match PL112’s Budget increasing revenues by $44,687.00 and expenditures by $44,687.00.  The PL112 funds come from the 2008-2009 approved Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP).

 

10.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept and execute an advanced funding agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation in the amount of $1,300,000.00 with a local match of $177,984.00 and to amend the Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Capital Grants Fund by appropriating said funds for the proposed design of a rail road grade separation to be constructed over the Kansas City Southern Rail Road Crossing located on Arkansas Avenue, near Guadalupe and Chihuahua Streets.

 

11.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending Chapter 19, Motor Vehicle and Traffic, Article VIII, Stopping, Standing or Parking, Section 19-360, Parking Meters, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo, establishing the availability of parking meter permit contracts for certain parking meter spaces located west of Santa Maria Avenue and north of Hidalgo Street at a reduced no-refundable monthly rate of forty dollars ($40.00) per parking meter space and increase the parking meter time limit in this area from four (4) to ten (10) hours and to provide for severability, publication and an effective date.

 

12.      Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Code of Ordinances, Chapter 32, Vehicles for Hire, Article III Tow Services, Section 32-88 Duties of Tow Services on Rotation List, Subsection (6) Time for Arrival by adding fifteen (15) minutes; Section 32-92 Towing Fees charged by towing companies on the City’s rotation list, by increasing and setting fees as follows:  tow from $50.00 to $95.00; heavy-duty wrecker tow for an unloaded vehicle from $110.00 to $200.00; heavy-duty wrecker tow for a loaded vehicle from $150.00 to $275.00; use of a dolly from $25.00 to $40.00; use of a winch from $20.00 to $75.00; lockout fee set at $65.00; police units (marked/unmarked) towing and tire changes set at $50.00; amending Section 32-93 storage facility Fees for less than 12 hours from $10.00 to that allowed by state law and $10.00 for police units (marked/unmarked); 12 hours or more from $10.00 to that allowed by state law; for each additional day from $10.00 to that allowed by state law; truck or trailer longer than 35 feet from $10.00 to that allowed by state law; Preservation Fee from $10.00 to that allowed by state law, and $10.00 for police units (marked/unmarked) providing for publication and an effective date.

 

(Recess)

(Press Availability)

 

IX.               INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

13.      Amending The City Of Laredo Code Of Ordinances, Chapter 2-Administration, Article I- In General, Section 2-5 City Council Meetings, Subsection (B), (C) & (D) by providing an option of extending meeting times for an additional fifteen minutes, from 11:15 p.m. until 11:30 p.m.; providing for severability, repeal all laws in conflict, and providing for an effective date. 

 

14.      Amending Ordinance 2000-O-295 which adopted the speed hump installation policy of the City of Laredo to change the minimum street length requirement to qualify for the installation of speed humps from 1,000 feet to 1,100 feet and to incorporate other changes to the established procedures and to the special provisions for the installation of the speed humps, providing for publication and an effective date.

 

15.      Amending the Subdivision Ordinance of the City of Laredo by amending Chapter 3, Section 3-2 N, entitled blocks, establishing a definition for streets length and adopting standards for traffic calming devices in certain circumstances of excessive street length; providing for publication and an effective date.

 

16.      Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement with International Dairy Products, Inc., for approximately 15,000 square feet of warehouse space situated within a 2.0 acre tract of land located at 5508 Thomas Avenue.  Lease term is for five (5) years commencing on October 1, 2007, and ending on September 30, 2012.  However, it is agreed by the parties that the lease may be terminated by either party upon giving a ninety (90) day written notice from the party terminating to the other.  Monthly rent shall be $5,676.00 and will be adjusted annually according to change in the Consumer Price Index.  Except for the month of October 2007, Lessee’s rental obligation shall be $2,006.00; providing for an effective date.

 


 

X.                 FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

17.       

 

2008-O-028           Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a lease agreement with Webb County Area Justice Foundation d/b/a Laredo Family Recovery Center, as Lessee to an approximate 15,244 square foot building situated on an approximate 1.6501-acre tract located at 2920 E. Saunders (rear). The lease term is for five (5) years commencing February 1, 2008 until January 31, 2013 with one renewal option of five (5) years until January 31, 2018.  The initial monthly rent is the sum of $8,384.00 and providing for rent abatement in consideration of certain improvements to the leased premises. 

 

2008-O-037           Authorizing the City Manager to accept payment in the amount of $41,623.00 from the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool (TMLIRP) as settlement for the replacement of a stolen 2001 Caterpillar Backhoe Loader and to amend the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Capital Improvement Fund Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures for the purchase of a replacement backhoe loader and authorizing the City Manager to implement said budget.

 

2008-O-038           Amending Section 1 of Ordinance 2007-O-134 of the City of Laredo and authorization to implement a cost of $15.00 per sticker tag for the upgraded Automatic Vehicle Identification (AVI) System for southbound traffic utilizing the City of Laredo International Bridges as further described in Exhibit “A” and hereby repealing all conflicting sections in all ordinances currently in effect.

 

2008-O-039           Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease with Securitas Security Services, USA, Inc., for approximately 120 square feet of office space and an exclusive office entry lane of approximately 540 square feet at Bridge II.

1.      Lease term is for one (1) year commencing April 1, 2008 and ending on March 31, 2009.

2.      Monthly rent will be $2,810.00 for approximately 120 square feet of office space and an exclusive office entry lane of approximately 540 square feet at Bridge II.

3.      The lease may be terminated by either party with a thirty (30) day written notice.

 

2008-O-040           Amending Chapter 2, Article I of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo, Texas to include subsection (e) under Section 2-3 “Fees for Services” to establish a 3% credit card convenience processing fee for internet users and voice activated payments on all City payments.  The 3% fee is based on the amount of transaction.  The fee will be evaluated within six (6) months in order to assess its viability.  (As amended)

 

2008-O-041           Authorizing the City Manager to accept a $330,500.00 donation from the Lamar Bruni Vergara Trust and amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Capital Improvement Fund by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $330,500.00 in the form of a donation for the design, construction and installation of 19 shade structures throughout various park areas in Laredo.

 

2008-O-042           Authorizing the City Manager to accept a grant in the amount of $100,000.00 from the Office of the Governor, the Division of Emergency Management (GDEM) and to amend the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Annual Budget in the same amount.  The Office of the Governor, the Division of 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 February 15, 2008 through August 15, 2008.

 

2008-O-043           Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning Lot 1, Block 2, Cuatro Vientos Norte Subdivision Phase 1 located at 3302 Cuatro Vientos Drive, from R-2 (Multi-Family Residential District) to B-1 (Limited Commercial District); providing for an effective date and publication.

 

XI.               RESOLUTIONS

 

18.      2008-R-013     Approving an agreement with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in the amount of $21,000.00.  The agreement’s purpose is to reimburse cost for overtime and fringe benefits incurred by the Laredo Police Department in providing resources to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Task Force.  The term of this grant is from October 1, 2007 through September 30, 2008.

           

19.      2007-R-014     Authorizing our Delinquent Tax Attorney  to arrange for the auction by the Webb County Sheriff, pursuant to Section 34.05 of the Tax Code, of the properties listed on the exhibits A and B; and subject to the minimum specified herein: 

Property 2         3720 ½  Pinder         $24,136.00

Property 3         2410 Chacon             $14,630.00

Property 4         2602 Market              $74,487.00

Above property is more specifically described in attached Exhibits A & B.

 

20.      2008-R-015     Accepting a donation of the “Surface Only” of a parcel of land for Chacon Creek Master Plan.  Said parcel being Lot 12, Block 1, Cheyenne Subdivision, Phase V, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas, as per Plat recorded in Volume 25, Page 103, Webb County Plat Records and described on attached Exhibit A.

 

21.      2008-R-016     Accepting a donation of a utility easement from First National Bank, a Banking Association, in order to maintain an existing eight-inch sanitary sewer line. Said utility easement being out of Lots 1 & 2, Block 1217, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas; and described on attached Exhibit 1. 

 

 

22.      2008-R-019     Consideration to accept a donation of a cubism ceramic mural, entitled:  “Musicians” from Mr. Santos Rios, which will be permanently displayed at the Laredo Public Library.

 

23.      2008-R-020     Declaring the public necessity to acquire the “Surface Only” of seven parcels of land for the extension of Shiloh Boulevard. These being:

1.      A tract of land containing 727 sq. ft. of land, more or less, and described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits A and B,

2.      a tract of land containing 1.46 acres of land, more or less, and described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits C and D,

3.      a tract of land containing 0.30 acres of land, more or less, and described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits E and F,                    

4.      a tract of land containing 0.43 acres of land, more or less, and described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits G and H,

5.      a tract of land containing 0.13 acres of land, more or less, and described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits I and J,

6.      a tract of land containing 0.38 acres of land, more or less, and described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits K and L, and

7.      a tract of land containing 0.68 acres of land, more or less, described by Metes and Bounds and Survey attached as Exhibits M and N.

 

All seven tracts being situated in Porcion 23, Abstract 283, Webb County, Texas; and authorizing staff to negotiate for the acquisition of said parcels by purchase at 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 through negotiations 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 for this project is available in the 2007 Certificate of Obligation.

 

 

XII.             MOTIONS

 

24.      Authorizing award of 2007 Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME), Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) set-aside funds in the amount of $95,631.40 to Habitat for Humanity of Laredo, Inc., to utilize towards supplement construction costs for the Tierra Prometida Project; and further authorizing the City Manager to execute all documents in support of the same.

 

25.      Amending a Professional Services Contract previously awarded to W. D. Schock Company, Inc. of Nashville, Tennessee, in the amount of $625,473.00, for the provision of residential sound reduction services, as part of the City of Laredo International Airport Noise Compatibility Program to soundproof fifty-three (53) apartment units located at 3220 Frost Street and 3202 Price Street, by providing for a contract period of eighteen (18) months with two (2) eighteen-month renewable options. 

 

26.      Consideration to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder Jimmy Closner and Sons Construction Co., Inc.; Mercedes, Texas in the amount of $2,031,820.00 for the construction of the Water Distribution Systems at the Mines Road Planning Area Colonias Rancho Peñitas West, Los Minerales, Minerales Annex and Antonio Santos, Work Order #1 -subject to the approval of the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB). The construction time is 365 calendar days.  Funding is available in the Colonias Project Fund.

 

27.      Consideration to authorize change order #1 for QRO MEX Construction a decrease in the amount of $7,784.65 for the construction of an 18” water line from United South High School to the existing booster station along TX. Hwy 359 Colonias Work Order NADBank -#1, decreasing the total construction contract from $1,487,828.25 to $1,480,043.60. Funding is available in the Colonias Project fund.

 

28.      Consideration to authorize change order #1 to Jimmy Closner and Sons Construction Co., Inc., Mercedes, Texas in the amount of $20,927.95, for the construction of the SH 359 Planning Area Work Order #3 – Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection System and is subject to the approval of the TWDB. This change order consists in field changes no. 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, & 9 to improve the efficiency of the design and due to conflicts that reflect the actual site conditions. The construction contract time is extended for an additional 45 calendar days. The revised contract amount is $4,718,684.15. The new construction time including this change order will be 585 calendar days.  Funding is available in the Colonias Project Fund.

 

29.      Consideration to authorize amendment No. 5 in the amount of $4,000.00 to Crane Engineering for the surveying services for Colonias Work Order 3 which includes water distribution lines and wastewater collection lines in 7 Colonias on Hwy 359. The amendment brings the total contract amount to $460,517.28.  Funding is available in the Colonias Project Fund.

 

30.      Authorizing the City Manager to award a Professional Services Contract to Carter Burgess Inc., San Antonio, Texas, in an amount not to exceed $322,813.00 for the development of a conceptual design, trail alignment and construction plans for the Chacon Creek Hike and Bike Trail Project, a grant funded project through the Texas Department of Transportation. Funding is available through the City Council Discretionary Funds.

 

31.      Refund of property tax in the amount of $1,938.65 to the following taxpayers:

 

1.      A refund in the amount of $936.14 payable to William E. Heitkamp due to an overpayment.  Account #662-01950-010.

 

2.      A refund in the amount of $1,002.51 payable to Wells Fargo Real Estate Services, LLC., due to an overpayment.  Account #989-51001-230.

 

32.      Consideration to authorize the payment of the solid waste fee assessed quarterly by the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ).  The City assessed a solid waste fee based on a per ton basis for all waste processed (disposed) at the landfill.  This is a recurring annual expense paid on a quarterly basis.  The current rate is $1.25 per ton which is subject to change by TCEQ.  Approximately 400,000 tons will be processed during the next twelve (12) month period which would result in a total payment to TCEQ in the estimated amount of $500,000.00.  Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

33.      Consideration to exercise the renewal option for one (1) additional year for contract number FY07-116 awarded to Gutierrez Machine and Welding Shop, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $140,000.00 for professional welding services for the Utilities Department.  These services include site repairs to various water and wastewater treatment plants, lift stations, and other municipal facilities.  The contract takes into account hourly pay rates; regular, overtime, holiday, service call, and the cost of materials.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department Budget.

 

34.      Consideration to renew contract FY07-024 currently awarded to Rafter P. Transport, New Braunfels, Texas, in the estimated amount of $231,250.00 for providing hauling and disposal services of wastewater bio-solids for the Utilities Department.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department Budget.

 

35.      Consideration to award supply contract numbers FY08-037 to the following bidders:

1.      Leyendecker Materials, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $2,331,000.00 for the purchase of asphalt (F.O.B. plant and site delivered), black base (F.O.B. plant and job site delivered), MS-1 or MS-2 (F.O.B. plant and job site delivered), MC-30, (F.O.B. plant and job site delivered);

2.      City Ready Mix, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $350,000.00 for the purchase of ready mix cement (F.O.B. job site delivered);

3.      Screen Crushed Concrete, Laredo, Texas, in the estimated amount of $88,500.00 for the purchase of flexible base crushed concrete (F.O.B. Plant and job site delivered); for the purchase of materials required for all City paving and construction projects.

4.      That all bids submitted for flexible base, gravel and sand by Leyendecker Materials and Gomez Trucking be rejected because the bidders did not include the required material test reports or the reports were older than one (1) year.

The term of this contract is for one (1) year period and is subject to availability of funds.  All materials are purchased on an as needed basis utilizing the Public Works Department, Utilities Department and Construction Project Budgets.

 

36.      Consideration to award contract number FY08-036 to the following low bidders for providing janitorial supplies;

1.       CC Distributors, Corpus Christi, Texas, Primary Vendor

2.      Gulf Coast Paper, Corpus Christi, Texas, Secondary Vendor

3.      Patria Office Supply, Laredo, Texas, Secondary Vendor

for providing general janitorial supplies to all City departments.  This contract establishes discount percentage pricing for those janitorial supplies most commonly utilized by City departments for a one (1) year period.  All items will be purchased on an as needed basis and funding will be secured from the users department budget. 

 

37.      Consideration to amend supply contract number FY07-043 awarded to Leyendecker Materials, Laredo, Texas by increasing the contract amount by $300,000.00 for the purchase of additional asphalt and black base paving materials.  The revised contract amount will be $1,893,750.00.  The Public Works Department utilized more than the estimated amounts of these paving materials due to an increased project workload.  All materials were purchased on an as needed basis utilizing the Public Works Department, Utilities Department, and Construction Projects Budgets. 

 

38.      Consideration for approval of change order no. 2, an increase of $692,671.00 for renovations of existing dental and clinical spaces including fifteen (15) operatories to the construction contract with Leyendecker Construction, Inc., Laredo, Texas, for the Clinical/Laboratory Expansion and Renovation for the City of Laredo Health Department (CLHD).  Current construction contract amount with this change order increase is $3,364,470.00.  Substantial completion date for the project is July 1, 2008.  Funding is available in the 2007 Contractual of Obligation Bond.  The 2008 bonds that will be sold will reimburse the 2007 Bond Issue.     

 

39.      Consideration for approval to award a Professional Engineering Services Contract to Crane Engineering Corporation for an amount not to exceed $48,500.00 to determine the feasibility and design of an 8” wastewater collection system to provide service to existing structures served by septic systems, and prepare service for the future expansion of the City of Laredo Landfill. Funding is available in the Solid Waste Fund.

 

40.      Consideration for approval to award a professional services contract to FQR Architects, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in association with Carter & Burgess, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, Synergy Structural Engineering, Inc., Laredo, Texas, and Jankedesign, Inc., Austin, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $910,208.00 for the design and preparation of plans and specifications for the East Side Community Recreational Facility.  Design work is to be done on a fast track basis approximately nine (9) months.  Funding is available in the 2005 C.O. Issue and 2006 C.O. Issue – East Side Recreation Center.  

 

41.      Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder Martinez Paving Company, Inc., Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $127,433.10 for the Markley Lane/Santa Maria Avenue Drainage Improvements.  Contract time for the project is ninety (90) working days (approximately 4½ months).  Funding is available in the Environmental 2007 Certificate of Obligation.

 

42.      Consideration for approval of change order no. 1 an increase of $7,125.00 for retaining wall required to prevent erosion from private lots into the sidewalks, acceptance of the CDBG Sidewalks City-Wide Project No. 34 (12 Blocks – District IV) and Project No. 35 (9 Blocks – District V) and approval of final payment in the amount of $28,327.23 to ALC Construction, LLC., Laredo, Texas.  Final construction contract amount is $103,275.00.  Funding is available in the Community Development Fund – Sidewalk Project No. 34 -   31st Action Year and Sidewalk Project No. 35 - 32nd Action Year.   

 

43.      Consideration for approval to award a Professional Engineering Services Contract to Structural Engineering Associates, Inc., San Antonio, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $62,950.00 for the design and preparation of plans and specifications for the Hazardous Material Containment System Retrofit on the World Trade International Bridge.  Design work will be on a fast track basis approximately one hundred twenty (120) calendar days.  Mexico will be funding 50% of the $62,950.00 and the remaining 50% is available in the Bridge Department Budget.

 

44.      Consideration for approval to award a construction contract to the lowest bidder Zertuche Construction, LLC, Laredo, Texas, in the amount of $393,192.51 for the Pedestrian Bridge across Zacate Creek at Cecilia May Moreno Park.  Contract time for the project is one hundred five (105) working days (approximately 5 months).  Funding is available in the Community Development Fund 32nd Action Year and the 2007 C.O. District IV Discretionary Funds.

 

45.      Consideration to ratify an extension to the contract previously awarded to CALENCE through July 7, 2009.  Extension is needed in order to comply for the 11th round of the Universal Service Program Grant from Schools and Libraries Division/Universal Services Administrative Company/FCC for multi-year E-Rate discounts.  Contract extension amount is not to exceed $92,003.67 and includes $7,097.08 for ineligible or unfounded items and $9,339.73 in matching funds from the FY08-09 Friends of Library Fund Budget.  Contract award is contingent on grant allocation.

 

46.      Consideration to amend the amount of a professional contract with Martinez Pharmacy to continue providing prescription services to the Health Department’s HIV Program.  The amendment is to increase the total amount of the contract from $73,697.00 to $117,553.00.  Contract term is from April 1, 2007 through March 31, 2008.  Funding is available in the State Grants HIV/Ryan White and the HIV/Health and Social Services account.

 

XIII.           STAFF REPORTS

 

47.       

A.                 Presentation regarding the Laredo Development Foundation activities by Roger Creery, LDF Executive Director.

 

B.                 Discussion with possible action regarding setting the minimum qualifications for the Fire Chief position.

 

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 551.072 in order to deliberate the value of a possible donation of thirty (30) acres for the Rancho Peñitas West Wastewater Treatment Plant.

 

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

                       

49.      Consideration to award contract FY08-035 to Laredo Urgent Care, Laredo, Texas, for providing occupational medical services for the El Metro operation.  The term of the contract will be for a period of three (3) years, with two (2) one (1) year options.  Funding is available in the El Metro Operations Fund.

 

50.      Consideration to amend the FY07-060 supply contracts awarded by the Mass Transit Board on May 7, 2007, for bus and van fleet repair and replacement parts by increasing the contract totals by 25%.  An increase in non warranty repairs will require the purchase of additional repair and replacement parts throughout the contract period.  Contracts were awarded by item(s) to the lowest responsible bidder for parts most commonly purchased for non-warranty repairs.  All items will be purchased on an as needed basis.  Funding is available in the El Metro Operations Fund.

 

XVI.         RECESS AS THE LAREDO 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 Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at 8:00 p.m.                         

                                  

 

                                                                        Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                        City Secretary